RIVER FALLS — The University of Wisconsin System has named a 10-member search committee to find UW-River Falls' next chancellor.

UW System President Tommy Thompson and Board of Regents President Andrew S. Petersen announced the Search and Screen Committee members Friday, Nov. 20.

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Chancellor Dean Van Galen resigned from the position earlier this year to take a new job as president of Missouri Southern State University. He was UWRF's chancellor for 11 years.

Chancellor Dean Van Galen speaks during a welcome ceremony Aug. 26, 2019, at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. File photo
Chancellor Dean Van Galen speaks during a welcome ceremony Aug. 26, 2019, at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. File photo

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The search for a new chancellor was initially postponed at the request of UWRF leaders due to the pandemic.

Retired dean, professor and coach Connie Foster was named interim chancellor in May.

Policy requires the search committee be made up of five regents and five "individuals knowledgeable about the duties and responsibilities of the position." It will be chaired by Regent Scott Beightol. Other members are:

  • Vice Chair: Sylvia Kehoe, professor of Animal and Food Science at UW-River Falls (faculty)
  • Amy Blumenfeld Bogost, regent
  • Neil Kraus, professor of Politics, Geography and International Studies at UW-River Falls (faculty)
  • Becky Levzow, regent
  • Dan McGinty, UW-River Falls alumnus and retired former employee (community)
  • Sarah Nelson, executive director of admissions, UW-River Falls (staff)
  • Madeleine Olson (student)
  • Corey Saffold, regent
  • Kyle Weatherly, regent