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UW-Eau Claire Names Interim Director
Of Continuing Education

 MAILED:  Oct. 20, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Douglas Pearson Jr. has been named interim director of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He began his new duties Oct. 18.

Pearson, professor emeritus of English, will serve as interim director of the unit until someone is hired to replace Robert Whitcomb, who resigned from the director position. Whitcomb, who came to UW-Eau Claire in 2001, has accepted a job in Alaska.

Continuing Education — located at 210 Water St. — is charged with establishing collaborative ties on and off the campus for the purpose of providing educational programs, services and partnerships for pre-college, non-traditional, special and non-degree students as well as regional employers.

"I'm confident that Douglas Pearson will provide the leadership and expertise needed to guide Continuing Education as it continues to provide an array of enriching programs," said Andrew Phillips, interim associate vice chancellor of academic affairs. "As the university’s outreach unit, Continuing Education's programs serve individuals and small businesses, a service that greatly benefits the region and the state."

Pearson retired from UW-Eau Claire in 1997 after 34 years of service to the university. During his years on the faculty, Pearson served as chair of the English department, helped develop an exchange program with a university in England and represented UW-Eau Claire in several international programs.

After retiring from UW-Eau Claire, Pearson served as interim chair of what was then the department of sociology and anthropology, and he worked as a part-time assistant dean in the College of Arts & Sciences during the 2003-04 academic year.

Pearson earned his bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and his master's from UW-Madison.



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Updated: October 20, 2004