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Opening address 2012-13

 

A call to write an 'even more extraordinary' future for UW-Eau Claire

Read the entire text of Bousquet's Aug. 21 state-of-the-university address.
 Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet delivering 2012 academic year opening address
Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet addressed UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff Aug. 21 during the university's 2012-13 academic year opening meeting. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

In his first days — 37, to be exact — at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet has observed that the university is a "campus on the move" toward its vision and strategic goals.

From the just-completed new Davies Student Center and the relocation of the university's Children's Center (now the Children's Nature Academy) to the recently acquired Priory, to continued work to transform learning through liberal education reform, to new personnel systems that will strengthen the campus community, UW-Eau Claire is in many ways already a premier university, Bousquet told approximately 500 faculty and academic staff Aug. 21.

During UW-Eau Claire's Blugold Breakfast and academic year opening meeting in Zorn Arena, Bousquet delivered a state-of-the-university address, sharing his first impressions of UW-Eau Claire and his leadership goals for the coming year during his term as interim chancellor.

"How can we use this year to write an even more extraordinary future for this institution?" Bousquet said.

As interim chancellor, Bousquet said he will help prepare the way for UW-Eau Claire's next leader and serve as a "recruiting agent for the best person in the United States and the world. We should not settle for less when it comes to the leader who will help take this university into its next century."

 Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet talks with faculty and staff during the UW-Eau Claire 2012-13 academic year opening meeting.
Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet talks with faculty and staff Aug. 21 during the Blugold Breakfast before the university's 2012-13 academic year opening meeting. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

Bousquet also cited his experience building interdisciplinary linkages and global connections in his work as the leader of UW-Madison's global initiatives, and said he will work to help UW-Eau Claire sustain and expand its current efforts in globalization.

"Our graduates must have the skills and experience to be able to live and work in a multicultural and multilingual world, whether they are employed in Shanghai, Ryad, Rio, or Eau Claire, whether they go on to graduate school, seek a career with a multinational company, become an educator here in the Chippewa Valley or raise a family in their Wisconsin hometown," he said.

Bousquet invited the university community to continue working together to maintain the momentum already in place to achieve UW-Eau Claire's strategic goals and vision to be the premier university in the Midwest:

"This year, through an expanded commitment to global learning; a number of strategic collaborations across campus, locally and globally; and an accelerated and agreed-upon transformation of learning and of our infrastructure, I believe we can together chart a course for UW Eau-Claire that is both harmonious and bold."

Read the entire text of Bousquet's Aug. 21 state-of-the-university address.
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