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UW-Stout names Katherine Frank as new chancellor

Menomonie (WQOW) — UW-Stout has selected Dr. Katherine P. Frank to serve as the eighth Chancellor in the university’s history.

Frank is the current Vice President of Academic Innovation and Professor of English at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Washington and a B.A. in English from Bates College.

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents unanimously approved Frank’s appointment on Tuesday.

According to her biography: Frank has served as Vice President of Academic Innovation at Central Washington since summer 2019. In that role, she has led planning to help the university prepare for the future and remain competitive in the marketplace. For three years before taking that position, she was Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Life. Frank oversaw four colleges with more than 300 majors, minors, and specializations as well as master’s degrees and graduate certificates in more than 35 areas. As provost, she also led student affairs, the libraries, graduate studies, and research, honors programming, and international studies and programs.

In a release, UW-System President Ray Cross said: “Dr. Frank has demonstrated throughout her academic career that she is a strategic, dynamic leader. She handles challenges extremely well. Her visionary perspective on the future of UW-Stout will serve the institution and the state of Wisconsin very well.”

“I am delighted to join the University of Wisconsin–Stout,” Frank said in the same release. “Throughout the search process, I became increasingly impressed by the high-quality work and creative thinking exhibited by faculty, staff, and students at UW-Stout, as well as the strong, reciprocal relationships among the university, community, and regional partners. Everyone demonstrated dedication to the university and exhibited true focus on ensuring student success. As beautifully stated by one alumna, ‘Stout is where you need to be.’  I could not agree more and am honored to join this exceptional community of educators, learners, partners, and friends.”

Frank will earn $260,000 as chancellor.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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