UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, greetings from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a comprehensive public university that is part of the prestigious University of Wisconsin System. With an annual enrollment of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UW-River Falls is a place where teaching and learning are genuinely valued and where students can earn degrees that are respected around the world. Our location offers students the safety and friendliness of a small town and the valuable hands-on professional opportunities available in one of the fastest developing parts of Wisconsin. Located only 30 minutes from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area also means that students have access to internships, employment, cultural events, and a well-connected international airport.
I am humbled and honored to serve as the interim chancellor of this amazing institution. While I am not new to campus, having spent 25 years as a faculty member and administrator and previously serving one year as interim chancellor, I am excited to return and have the opportunity to engage with our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.
These are extremely challenging times for all of us and higher education is no exception. We are faced with many changes and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the resulting financial challenges caused to our institution. We are also called to join in the ongoing fight against systemic racism and anti-Blackness within our communities. Together, we will need to work harder to connect, collaborate with and support our students in this everchanging environment, yet I remain confident in our identity as a student-centered institution with a long history and tradition of meeting our students where they are and helping them to discover their passions.
In spite of the obstacles ahead, I remain optimistic about our future and am looking forward to working with you as your interim chancellor. It is an honor to lead UW-River Falls in the pursuit of its mission to help prepare students to be productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective, even in these times.