News & Events - University of Wisconsin System
Mar. 25, 2004
CONTACT: Erik Christianson
Statement on the Death of Chancellor Ann Lydecker
Katharine C. Lyall, President
University of Wisconsin System
"On behalf of the entire University of Wisconsin System family, I want to express our shock and deep sadness at the news of the death of Ann Lydecker. She was an inspirational and energetic leader, but as important, she was a warm and supportive colleague and friend to us all. She will be deeply missed.
"Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Ann’s family, friends and the entire UW-River Falls campus community. Ann was a remarkable individual who was passionate about her work, shaping the future for the students of her campus. Her legacy will be with the university and the campus for many years to come. I am deeply grateful that Ann had put in place a very strong management team and I have asked Virginia Coombs to serve as the Interim Chancellor for UW-River Falls. I appreciate her willingness to help the campus through this difficult period. At the appropriate time, we will have more to say about the next steps in leadership transition, but at this time, we want to respect Ann’s family and do what we can to remember and celebrate her life and achievements."