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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Chancellor Mash's Inauguration
Set for Oct. 24 at UW-Eau Claire
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: Oct. 12, 1998

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin System President Katharine Lyall will install Dr. Donald J. Mash as the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in Zorn Arena.
The theme of the inauguration ceremony will be "Challenge of Excellence."
The ceremony will feature an inaugural address by Mash. Also speaking will be Mark Cook, president of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate; Dr. Susan Harrison, chair of the UW-Eau Claire University Senate; Patrick Quinn, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc.; JoAnne Brandes, a member of the UW System Board of Regents and an alumna of UW-Eau Claire; and Karen Wichmann, past president of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.
President Lyall will present the university medallion to Mash during the ceremony.
The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nobuyoshi Yasuda, and the Singing Statesmen, conducted by Gary Schwartzhoff, will provide music. The musical prelude will begin at 4 p.m.
Students representing academic departments, programs, the Student Senate and United Hall Council will lead the inauguration ceremony processional. The processional also will include emeriti and current faculty, academic staff from various departments and support service offices, deans of the schools and colleges, and university administrators. Dignitaries from other universities and colleges also will participate in the ceremony.
A reception will follow the ceremony in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.
"UW-Eau Claire is an outstanding university and the Wisconsin System is one of the best in the country," Mash said. "It is a privilege and an honor to be a contributing part of both."
Prior to coming to UW-Eau Claire Aug. 1, Mash, 56, was president of Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., a position he held since 1988. The northeast Nebraska institution offers bachelor's and master's degrees in professional and liberal arts programs, including the master's of business administration.
Earlier, Mash served at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., as executive vice president for administration (1985-88) and as vice president for student affairs (1975-85). As executive vice president for administration, he was responsible for many aspects of management and operations at the dynamic regional public university, which grew from an enrollment of 6,000 to more than 18,000 students during Mash's 13 1/2 years there. The institution offers degrees through the Ph.D. and a law degree. He oversaw personnel, facilities planning and management, community relations and development, aspects of student services, alumni relations, intercollegiate athletics and special events.
From 1968 to 1975 Mash was dean for student services at Ohio Dominican College in Columbus, Ohio.
He began his career in higher education as a geography instructor at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford in Bradford, Pa., teaching physical and cultural geography.
Mash earned a bachelor's degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1964), and holds a master's degree in geography from the University of Pittsburgh (1966). He has a Ph.D. in the higher education program from The Ohio State University (1974).
Mash is UW-Eau Claire's sixth chief executive. The five other chief executives who have served UW-Eau Claire since it was founded in 1916 are Harvey Schofield, 1916-40; W.R. Davies, 1941-59; Leonard Haas, 1959-80; Emily Hannah, 1981-84; and Larry Schnack, 1985-97.
The inauguration ceremony is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: Oct. 12, 1998