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Dec. 5, 2003


Retirement Reception Set for Key University Administrator

A retirement reception for Virgil Nylander, UW-River Falls, vice chancellor for administration and finance, has been set for Dec. 18. The community is invited to the reception, which is from 2-4 p.m. in the Falcon's Nest of the Hagetad Student Center.

Chancellor Ann Lydecker said she expects many community and University members to attend the reception.

"Virgil Nylander has been a fixture on the campus and in our community for 34 years. His contributions in public service to River Falls have been exceptional, and match the critical role he has played on campus.

"I know that he has many friends who will want to spend some time with us in thanking him for his professional contributions and generosity to both of the communities that he so clearly loves."

Nylander will retire on Jan. 2. He joined UW-RF in 1969 as a member of the psychology department. He served and the department chair, as associate dean of the College of Education, and as a chair of the Faculty Senate before joining the administration in 1987 as assistant chancellor for administration.

As the chief financial and administrative officer for the University, he oversees 22 department and over 200 staff.

A key area of responsibility for him are capital improvements. He was responsible for overseeing the Wyman Educaiton Building construction, and Davee Library, South Hall and Hathorn Hall remodelings. He is overseeing the construction or planning for the South Fork Suites, new student union, and the Dairy Learning Center. He also coordinated UW-RF land swaps for the current sites of the River Falls High School and the River Falls Youth Hockey Association Arena.

Throughout his career, Nylander also was an active community member. He is a founding member of the St. Croix County Economic Development Corporation; a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust; was a member of U.S. Representative Steve Gunderson's Western Wisconsin 2000 Committee; a member of the River Falls By-Pass committee; and served on the River Falls Hwy 35 4-lane committee. He also was a cabinet member of the River Falls Area Hospital Fund Raising Committee; served on the City of River Falls Board of Appeals; and he is a charter member of the River Falls Rotary Club

Nylander earned his doctorate in experimental physiological psychology from Iowa State University and his bachelor's and master's in psychology from Colorado State University.

He is married to Gayle; they have a daughter, Lisen.

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