Falcon Statue outside of Rodli Hall

Chancellor Gallo Inauguration

Innovator in Residence Nate Boettcher, President and CEO of Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services and SwiftCurrent Connect.

Nate Boettcher, President and CEO of Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services and SwiftCurrent Connect.

Sustainability Presentation
Cathy Wurzer
Annie Murphy Paul

Annie Murphy Paul

Cathy Wurzer and Annie Murphy Paul

Annie Murphy Paul takes a question from a student.

Chancellor Maria Gallo asks a question during the the interview with Annie Murphy Paul
Symphony Band Concert
Bee Hotel Dedication
Chancellor Maria Gallo
WRFW Radio Interview
Chancellor Gallo speaks at a podium

About Chancellor Maria Gallo

Chancellor Gallo started in July 2021 as the 20th chancellor at UW-River Falls. Gallo is a strong advocate for women in STEM, including the agricultural sciences, undergraduate research opportunities and equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education.

Portrait of Chancellor Maria Gallo
UWRF Scholarship Event held in the University Center
Chancellor Maria Gallo has established a new endowed scholarship for first-generation students interested in pursuing a degree in the sciences, technology, engineering and math.
Outside of North Hall
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls was founded in 1874 as the fourth State Normal School in Wisconsin and the first in the northwestern part of the state.
Cascade Avenue University Sign
Our mission is to help prepare students to be productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective.

Day of Engagement

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022

Festivities for the chancellor’s inauguration began with engagement events for students, employees and the community the day before the installation ceremony. The Day of Engagement included information sessions and workshops hosted by UWRF colleges.

Featured session: Annie Murphy Paul, author of "The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain."

Please contact inauguration@uwrf.edu or 715-425-3201 with any questions.

Thank you to the Inauguration Planning Team


Jenna Lindseth, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor

Beth Schommer, Chief of Staff


Kristin Barstad, University Center

Kellie Burrows, University Advancement

Mesa Carlsen, Event Coordinator

Dina Fassino, University Communications and Marketing

Richard Foy, Assistant Chancellor of University Advancement

Dawn Hukai, Interim Dean, College of Business and Economics and College of Education and Professional Studies

Cyndi Kernahan, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Mark Klapatch-Mathias, Sustainability Coordinator

Russ Korpela, River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau

Elise Peters, Student Involvement

Nathan Riel-Elness, Academic Staff Council Chair

Jody Sather, University Staff Senate Chair

Joe Schlies, Student Government Association President

Kristin Tjornehoj, Music Department

Alexandru Tupan, Faculty Senate Chair