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Chancellor Designate

Message from the Search Committee Chair

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension Chancellor Designate website.

On October 27, 2014, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved the selection of Dr. Cathy Sandeen for the position of chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension. University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced the news, which is posted on the UW System website.

Dr. Sandeen comes to the UW System with a wide range of higher education experience that includes her current position as vice president for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education (ACE) and previously as dean of Continuing Education at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension. She holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah, an MBA in Management from UCLA, and an MA in broadcast communication from San Francisco State University.

During her interviews and presentation, she impressed faculty, staff, administrators, and guests with her ability to articulate a vision for UW Colleges and UW-Extension, her expansive knowledge of national higher education trends, and her ability to identify opportunities that will help strengthen both institutions in the coming years. She understands many of the challenges the Colleges and Extension face and will provide bold but thoughtful leadership while addressing them.

Dr. Sandeen was chosen to be the next chancellor with the assistance of a 27-member search and screen committee and professional search firm. The committee diligently reviewed applications, interviewed and met with candidates, and provided feedback to President Cross and a special committee of the Board of Regents as they deliberated who should become chancellor. Thank you to committee members for your tremendous efforts! We also thank all those who provided support to the committee from central administration. Without them, the committee could not have completed its work.

Also, thanks to all of you who participated in the presentations and interviews for the four finalists. Comments on the finalists from students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community partners were shared with the search and screen committee and summarized for President Cross and the Special Regents Committee.

Dr. Sandeen's start date as UW Colleges and UW-Extension chancellor will be Dec. 15, 2014.

Her photo and a link to her resume are available here.

Please join me in extending congratulations to Dr. Sandeen, soon to be UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor.

Art Lersch
Chair, UW Colleges & UW-Extension Chancellor Search and Screen Committee
Associate Professor, Community Resource Development Educator, Lincoln County
University of Wisconsin-Extension

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