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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UW System Contact: Sharyn Wisniewski (608) 262-6448
Mark Kinders UW-River Falls (715) 425-3771

February 8, 2000

Finalists Named for Position of Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

MADISON - University of Wisconsin System President Katharine C. Lyall today announced the names of the five finalists for the position of chancellor of UW-River Falls.

The names have been forwarded to the Board of Regents' Special Committee for the UW-River Falls Chancellor Search, chaired by Regent Toby Marcovich, which will interview the finalists on February 22. Other committee members are Regents Jonathan Barry, Ruth Marcene James and Jose Olivieri. The full Board of Regents will take final action once it receives a recommendation from the Special Committee.

The finalists, their titles and current institutions are as follows:

    Frederick J. Dobney

Executive Vice President and Provost
Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Michigan)

    Kurt F. Geisinger

Academic Vice President
Le Moyne College (Syracuse, New York)

    Leah S. Harvey

Vice President for Student and Academic Affairs
Metropolitan State University (St. Paul, Minnesota)

    Ann M. Lydecker

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bridgewater State College (Bridgewater, Massachusetts)
    Suzanne Williams

Interim President
St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, Minnesota)

A 17-member campus/community search and screen committee, chaired by Suzanne Hagen, professor of speech communications and theatre arts, submitted its recommendations to President Lyall on February 3.

The person chosen by the Regents will become UW-River Falls' 14th chancellor, succeeding Dr. Gary Thibodeau. Chancellor Thibodeau announced last August that he would retire for medical reasons. He has served as UW-River Falls chancellor since 1985.