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Media Memo: UW-Eau Claire interim chancellor announcement

April 18, 2012

University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly this afternoon announced that Gilles Bousquet (pronounced "zheel boo-SKAY") has agreed to serve as UW-Eau Claire's interim chancellor following the departure of Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich next month. (See UW System news release.)

Levin-Stankevich sent the following email message to the UW-Eau Claire campus community before the UW System announcement:

To the UW-Eau Claire Campus Community –

Later this afternoon, UW System President Kevin Reilly will announce that Dr. Gilles Bousquet, UW-Madison dean of the division of international studies, vice provost for globalization, director of the International Institute, special assistant to the chancellor for international engagement and Pickard-Bascom professor of French, is being recommended to the UW System Board of Regents as interim chancellor of UW-Eau Claire. See the UW System news release.

In my discussions with President Reilly about appointing an interim chancellor, I have stressed the importance of continuing the momentum we have built around realizing the goals of UW-Eau Claire's strategic plan, including our distinctive commitment to providing one or more high-impact learning experience to each of our students. Dr. Bousquet's experience in the global arena is held in high regard on the Madison campus and beyond, and it reinforces our reputation and performance as a university committed to global and cross-cultural learning.

Dr. Bousquet will begin his one-year appointment July 15.  During the interval between my departure and July 15, Provost Patricia Kleine will be named "officer-in-charge" and will be responsible for day-to-day administration of the university.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you, the faculty, staff and students of UW-Eau Claire, for all you have done to make my time here as chancellor productive and memorable. I hope and trust you will extend the same support to Provost Kleine and Dr. Bousquet as the search for my permanent successor is undertaken.

I also plan to participate in the groundbreaking for the Education Building and in May commencement, where we will congratulate our newest Blugold alumni, including our first ever doctoral graduates in nursing.

Debi and I will be looking forward to seeing many of you over the next couple of weeks. 


Brian Levin-Stankevich, Chancellor

Media questions regarding Bousquet and the UW-Eau Claire interim chancellor position should be directed to David Giroux, UW System executive director of communications and external relations, at 608-262-4464 or

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