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NOV. 4, 2005--The Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership gave its 2005 Outstanding Achievement Award for 2005 to Vicki Lord Larson, interim chancellor of UW-Eau Claire, at an annual dinner and reception at the Fond du Lac Ramada Plaza Inn in October.   A founding member of WWHEL, Larson has supported the advancement of women and minorities in higher education in Wisconsin throughout her career.  

She joined UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 1973. Later she became a professor of communication disorders and served as chair of the department from 1978 to1983.   From 1984 to 1993, she was an assistant dean, associate dean and then dean for Graduate Studies and University Research at UW-Oshkosh. In 1994-95, she was acting and then official provost and vice chancellor at UW-Oshkosh. After her retirement in 2000, she served as a consultant to the UW System president on women's leadership development.  

From highly visible top-level leadership positions such as co-chair of the UW System Committee for the Study of the Status of Women, she provided an improved climate and opportunities for women and minorities to move into leadership positions in Wisconsin higher education. In 1999, she directed a rigorous analysis of the experiences of women students, faculty, and staff in the UW System and co-authored a report that was accepted and endorsed by the UW System president and Board of Regents.   This report's recommendations created a blueprint for action to improve the status of women at UW System institutions.   In 2001, she became an acquisitions editor and in 2004 acquisitions manager for Eau Claire-based Thinking Publications. She is on leave from the business while serving as interim chancellor at UW-Eau Claire.

The 2005 WWHEL Conference drew 133 women in higher education leadership positions from public and private institutions from all corners of Wisconsin. For the third year in a row, UW-Platteville had the largest number of attendees.   Those attending from UW- River Falls included Provost Ginny Coombs, faculty members Pat Berg, Margarita Hendrickson, and Barbara Werner; and academic staff members Miriam Huffman and Karen Kling.

The WWHEL Conference opened on Oct. 20, with keynoter Linda Babcock presenting information from her book Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide (Princeton University Press, 2003) on the conference theme "Something Ventured, Something Gained: Negotiation for Women."

On Oct. 21, Hannah Rosenthal, executive director of the Chicago Foundation for Women, a human rights advocacy group focusing on women and girls, delivered a second keynote address. Formerly the head of the Jewish Council for University Communications, Ms. Rosenthal previously served as Midwest regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and spent eight years as the executive director of the Wisconsin Women's Council. A past recipient of the Wisconsin Equal Rights Award, Ms. Rosenthal has worked tirelessly for policies that have improved the lives of women and girls throughout the country.  

During the conference, Carol Sue Butts, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, passed the WWHEL presidential gavel to Mari McCarty, executive vice president of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, a consortium of 20 private colleges and universities.

WWHEL is affiliated nationally with the American Council on Education through the ACE Office of Women in Higher Education. For more information about WWHEL visit .


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