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UWRF Chancellor Finalists Named

NOVEMBER 18, 2008--MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly today announced five finalists who are being considered for the position of chancellor at UW-River Falls.

A 19-member search and screen committee, chaired by UW-River Falls Professor James Madsen, recommended the finalists to Reilly and a special committee of the UW System Board of Regents chaired by Regent Brent Smith.

The five candidates will participate in a variety of public forums from November 19 through December 6, where they will interact with faculty, academic staff, classified staff, students and community members. The community forums, open to the general public, are listed below. For details on campus forums, go to Reilly and the Regent committee will then interview the finalists in Madison on December 17. The final appointment of a new chancellor must be confirmed by the full Board of Regents.

Finalist community forums are as follows:

Dr. William G. Colclough
Dean, College of Business Administration,
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Friday, Nov. 21, from 10:45 a.m. to noon
River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St.

Dr. Geri Hockfield Malandra
Vice Chancellor for Strategic
Management, University of Texas System
Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 10:45 a.m. to noon
River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St.

Dr. Raymond W. Cross
President, Morrisville State College,
Morrisville, New York
Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St.

Dr. Dean Van Galen
Vice President for University Advancement,
University of West Florida
Friday, Dec. 5, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St.

Dr. Ellen J. Neufeldt
Vice President for Student Affairs,
Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland
Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10:45 a.m. to noon
River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St.

The person chosen will become UW-River Falls’ 18th chancellor, succeeding Chancellor Don Betz.

UW-River Falls, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges of 2008 (Midwestern University-Master’s), has an enrollment of more than 6,000 undergraduate students and nearly 500 graduate students. The university employs about 800 people. UW-River Falls, the western- most institution in the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System, has an operating budget of $95 million.

For more information about the five candidates, the public forums and the entire search process, see

For information about the UW System, see

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Media Contacts:

David F. Giroux
UW System
(608) 262-4464

James Madsen
UW-River Falls
(715) 425-3235


A complete list of schedules for the campus visits and a vita for each candidate can be found at

The first campus visit session for candidate William Colclough is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Davis Theatre, KFA. Classified staff are invited to meet at 1:45 p.m.; students at 2:45 p.m.; and faculty/academic staff at 3:45 p.m.

UWRF Physics Professor and search committee Chair Jim Madsen said the committee remains on task.

"The search for a new chancellor is progressing according to schedule. I have been impressed by the commitment of the 19 committee members. They have done a great job of representing their interests while keeping the greater good of UWRF and the region at the forefront.

"I am especially pleased by the perspectives offered by the community members Steve Healy and Jim Harsdorf, and the students Cindy Bendix and Kevin Rockwood. I also want to thank Mayor Don Richards for agreeing to conduct community tours for the candidates while they are in town. The search would not be where it is without all the work of Kay Corey, our program assistant who keeps us organized and on task.

"The committee is excited to introduce the five finalists to the UWRF campus and greater community. They offer a range of talents but share a belief in the promises that UWRF and the region hold. They are looking forward to learning more about the region, and describing how their experience and skills have prepared them to be next UWRF Chancellor."


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