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Students can play role in chancellor selection

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November 13, 2008

In the coming weeks a new chancellor will be selected that will be tasked with developing and implementing the goals of the University. The campus has the opportunity to select new leadership to our unique University. Students have the chance this semester to voice their opinions on the direction our campus should take by attending meeting sessions for the final chancellor candidates.

The role of the chancellor goes beyond that of the day-to-day activities of campus operation. The chancellor is responsible for the allocation of budget priorities and resources on campus and is the highest administrative position on campus, reporting directly to the president of the UW System. Their role focuses on making sure the goals of university are on the right track.

The job description for the chancellor says that our University is seeking a visionary and effective Chancellor to enhance and further the academic programs of the University; support faculty development and aspirations; work with an engaged student body that has a strong work ethic; and collaborate with the University of Wisconsin System as well as citizens, community leaders, and legislators for the advancement of the University, the state, and the region.

The search and screen committee that has been tasked with finding UW-River Falls a new chancellor has narrowed down their search to five finalists. Students will have the opportunity to meet with each of the five candidates during question and answer sessions in next few weeks.  There meetings will be open to students in which students can question the candidates on their policies, procedures, and plans for the campus. 

But what do students want in a new chancellor?  Do we want someone who will continue with the goals of sustainability, who will continue our commitment to study abroad programs, or who will help to sustain the quaint college atmosphere that we have come to expect from UWRF.

The Student Voice encourages students to attend these meetings and let their voices be heard.  If the candidates see students present at these meetings, that alone will make a strong impression. It will convey an important message: that we care about leadership on our campus, and what direction UWRF takes in the future.

The student meetings for the five candidates are listed on the chancellor search and screen committee Web site at http://uwrf.edu/chancellorsearch.
The first candidate will be on campus Nov. 20, with the student meeting scheduled for 2:45 p.m. in the Blanche Davis Theatre, the second candidate will hold his student meeting Nov. 24 at 2:45 p.m. in the Kinnic Theatre of the University Center.  The remaining candidates will hold their meetings in December.