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Regents Recognize Nylander for Leadership
6, 2005--UW-River Falls Interim Chancellor Virgil Nylander was recognized
for his leadership of the campus by the University of Wisconsin System
Board of Regents Friday.
Nylander was recognized with a resolution and medallion for his service
during the monthly meeting of the board, which was held at UW-Stout in
The campus leader left a brief retirement following the death of Chancellor
Ann Lydecker in March 2004 and accepted the position of interim chancellor
last June. He will serve through the end of June in anticipation of Dr.
Don Betz, who assumes the post July 1 after a national search was conducted.
In presenting the resolution, Regent Chuck Pruitt of Milwaukee said he
and other Regents who were appointed to the search and screen committee
to seek Lydecker’s successor were confronted with a daunting task.
He recalled that Nylander had only recently retired after 34 years of
service when Lydecker died in a traffic accident. Shortly afterwards former
President Katharine Lyall called and asked the former vice chancellor
for administration and finance if he would step into the position for
a year while a search was being conducted
"It was an extremely difficult job for myself and my Regent colleagues
because we knew that we needed to fill some very big shoes—those
of Ann Lydecker. This was at one of the most difficult and heart-breaking
times in the history of River Falls.
"For that and all kinds of other reasons, Virgil Nylander could have
said no. But people like Virgil Nylander don’t do that."
Regent Toby Marcovich of Superior also expressed his appreciation. He
noted that he and Nylander had an opportunity to become more closely acquainted
when both of them served on the committee that selected Lydecker. Marcovich
said that he talked regularly with Nylander about educational issues and
"you’ve been absolutely great."
Nylander, in thanking the Regents, reported that "It’s been
a very, very interesting year and rewarding year. I love UW-River Falls,
and I love everyone that I work with there."
He added as a humorous afterthought that he did not plan to come out of
retirement again and that it would be his last Regents meeting.
The citation noted Nylander’s collaborative leadership style, fiscal
acumen at leading the University during difficult state budget times,
expanding the institution’s commitment to addressing the challenges
of unparalled growth in the St.Croix Valley, the ongoing construction
of three new buildings valued at $44.5 million and which are being constructed
without any taxpayers funding, and his advocacy for Wisconsin public higher
Tuesday, 22-Jun-2010 16:21:23 Central Daylight Time