Chancellor Levin-Stankevich Helps Point UWEC in the Right Direction
By Ashley Lee, Megan Raml, Sam Sicard, and Janie Yang
In his "State of the University" address, newly appointed University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich outlined a number of his immediate goals for the future: capital projects, diversity and cultural competence, and strategic planning. In a recent interview, we had the opportunity to ask him about these goals and his plans for implementing them.
Capital Projects. When asked about university expansion plans and limited space on campus, Chancellor Levin-Stankevich showed he had already been looking at the community and options for UW-Eau Claire. He discussed the option of updating and replacing buildings as an alternative to just squeezing new buildings on to an already tight campus. In a discussion of Zorn Arena, Chancellor Levin-Stankevich discussed how it is "old and outdated." A viable option for Zorn Arena might be for the university to work with the city to create a new arena that both students and community members could use. This building could be conveniently located outside the campus. This action would allow the University to replace Zorn arena with another building.
Diversity and Cultural Competence. Chancellor Levin-Stankevich discussed the need to increase diversity on the UW-Eau Claire campus. He said the key is to ask, "What sort of skill set do we need to give students to be successful in life?" He mentioned how cross-cultural experiences are essential and will alter our career paths in life because today's business world is an increasingly diverse and global one. One skill he believes every College of Business student should possess is the ability to communicate effectively with other cultures.
When asked what changes the chancellor would like to make in the international education program, Chancellor Levin-Stankevich replied, "We need more international education opportunities in more different places." He would like to see programs expanded into areas such as Africa, Latin America, and Southeast and Central Asia. By expanding the program reach, the chancellor feels it will "create a more international perspective." When possible, he would like the university to set up home-tuition agreements with international universities so students can study abroad at the same relative cost they would incur if studying in Eau Claire.
Strategic Planning. As the new chancellor, one of Chancellor Levin-Stankevich's most important tasks is to create a strategic plan for the university. He stresses that a strategic plan has to "involve virtually everyone on campus in some way or another." He stated that it is a large job and that the process cannot fully start until the right people are in place. He hopes to start this year and is looking at taking the previously broad goals of the university and fitting these goals into a "more pointed set of directions."
With these set goals, Chancellor Levin-Stankevich feels optimistic and enthusiastic about the future of UW-Eau Claire. Though UW-Eau Claire is one of the top schools in the Midwest, the accomplishment of these goals will heighten the educational opportunities for current and future students.
Ashley Lee (far left) is a business management major from Osceola, WI. Megan Raml (middle left) is a marketing/graphic design double major from Sheboygan Falls, WI. Sam Sicard (middle right) is an information systems major from Neenah, WI. Janie Yang (far right) is a finance major from Sheboygan, WI. They wrote this article for a BCOM 306 class project.