Menomonie (WQOW) - For the first time in its 129-year history, UW-Stout is welcoming its first female chancellor.
On Tuesday, Dr. Katherine Frank gave her first formal remarks to faculty and staff.
She expressed her goals for the future of the school, including increasing community engagement and diversifying the student and faculty population.
Frank began her career in higher education roughly 20 years ago, starting as an assistant professor at Colorado State University-Pueblo and working her way up to now chancellor.
Although she's excited to serve in her new position, she does recognize it will come with challenges.
"Higher education becomes more complex and a more competitive landscape on a daily basis, but what we try to do, what we need to try to do is create that learning environment that's right for the types of students who want to come to stout," said Frank.
Frank will earn $260,000 a year in her new role.
She will officially become the university's eighth chancellor on March 1.