Dr. Marv Lansing, a 1954 graduate of UW-River Falls, has been selected as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Lansing is an award winning educator and a highly respected civic leader in the Chippewa Valley. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree in history at UWRF, Dr. Lansing began his career as a teacher in Rhinelander. Dr. Lansing went on to earn an M.S. in Education Administration from Northern Colorado in 1960 and a Ph.D. in Education Administration from UW-Madison in 1967.
Equipped with 13 years of experience as an educator and his terminal degree, Dr. Lansing was named assistant superintendent of the Eau Claire Area School District in 1967 and superintendent in 1969, a position he held until his retirement in 1990. Dr. Lansing later served as interim superintendent of Boyceville Community Schools. Dr. Lansing has been recognized for his work as an educator by numerous local, state, and national associations and publications including the Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators and the Lifetime Membership Award from the Wisconsin PTA.
Having founded, chaired, or served on numerous civic and professional boards, Dr. Lansing continues to serve as a civic leader through the Lions Club, a commitment he has maintained for over 50 years. Dr. Lansing recently established the Marvin and Margaret (Helmer) Lansing Scholarship through the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Foundation. This scholarship will be awarded to a student from Dunn, Eau Claire, St. Croix, or Pierce County, Wisconsin who has financial need.