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February 8, 2000

Finalists Named for Position of Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

MADISON-University of Wisconsin System President Katharine C. Lyall today announced the names of the five finalists for the position of chancellor of UW-River Falls. The names have been forwarded to the Board of Regents' Special Committee for the UW-River Falls Chancellor Search, chaired by Regent Toby Marcovich, which will interview the finalists on February 22.

Other committee members are Regents Jonathan Barry, Ruth Marcene James and Jose Olivieri. The full Board of Regents will take final action once it receives a recommendation from the Special Committee.

The finalists, their titles, current institutions and dates for a campus day-long visit are as follows:

Fredrick J. Dobney
Executive Vice President and Provost
Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Michigan
Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Kurt F. Geisinger
Academic Vice President
Le Moyne College (Syracuse, New York)
Thursday, Feb. 17.

Leah S. Harvey
Vice President for Student and Academic Affairs
Metropolitan State University (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Friday, Feb. 11.

Ann M. Lydecker
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bridgewater State College (Bridgewater, Massachusetts)
Friday, Feb. 18.

Suzanne Williams
Interim President
St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, Minnesota)
Wednesday, Feb. 16.

An open forum for the general public to meet with each of the finalists has been scheduled for each visit from noon until 2 p.m. The open meeting is set for the River Room in Rodli Commons.

Resumes for the candidates and their complete campus visit schedules soon will be posted on the Web at: A 17-member campus/community search and screen committee, chaired by Suzanne Hagen, professor of speech communication and theatre arts, submitted its recommendations to President Lyall on Feb. 3.

The person chosen by the Regents will become UW-River Falls' 14th chancellor, succeeding Dr. Gary A. Thibodeau. Chancellor Thibodeau announced last August that he would retire for medical reasons. He has served as UW-River Falls chancellor since 1985.

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