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Mash Appoints Andrew Soll|
As Vice Chancellor for Business and Student Services
MAILED: April 7, 1999|
An accomplished fiscal administrator with nearly 20 years of experience in public higher education has been named as vice chancellor for business and student services at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Chancellor Donald Mash announced April 6 that Andrew Soll, vice president for administration and finance at Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb., has been selected for the senior-level administrative position soon to be vacated by Charles Bauer, who is retiring in June after 34 years of university service. Soll will join UW-Eau Claire in July.
"We have attracted an excellent person and professional in Andrew Soll. He will be a strong and active member of our leadership team as we strive to build upon our reputation for quality and to broaden the university's service to our region and to the state of Wisconsin amidst fiscal challenges," Mash said.
Soll will report directly to Mash and serve as a member of his executive staff. He will have operational responsibilities for all business services, classified personnel policy, payroll and benefit services, internal audit, student financial aid services, facilities, budget coordination and institutional planning services. He will also be responsible for student support programs and services, including the student centers, housing and residence life, Children's Center, public safety, parking and transportation.
"I am deeply committed to public higher education and very much look forward to joining a university with the reputation for excellence that is enjoyed by UW-Eau Claire. I am also looking forward to working with Chancellor Mash again," Soll said. "My visits to the campus have impressed me very much."
Soll began his career in the public sector in 1976 as budget analyst and later unit chief for higher education in the Illinois Bureau of the Budget. In 1980 he was named assistant vice president for business and finance and budget director at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. Four years later he was promoted to assistant vice president for planning and budget as well as budget director. He was responsible for development and preparation of the university's biennium operating and capital budget proposals to the Commonwealth of Virginia and of the annual internal operating budgets. He also had responsibility for developing systems and controls to foster fiscal accountability and efficient utilization of resources.
At George Mason, he reported to Dr. Maurice Scherrens, executive vice president for planning and budget, who said Soll has been very hard to replace. "He brings a unique blend of skills to the table. He has strong management and analytical skills, which you would expect to find in a fiscal administrator, coupled with a strong liberal arts background that leads him to gain an understanding of the academic programs behind the budget requests. Our faculty really appreciated that about him."
In 1988 Soll joined Wayne State College as vice president for administration and finance where he was responsible for all financial, general administrative and facilities operations of the College. Guided by a belief that budgeting is an important institutional development mechanism that helps to focus priorities, objectives and accomplishments, he was a central player on the administrative team that Mash headed for a decade at Wayne State.
Soll's ability to understand complex issues and work together with key individuals to solve them is one of his biggest strengths, according to Dr. Jo Taylor, Wayne State's vice president for academic affairs.
"He has an amazing breadth of understanding, even in disciplines that are far removed from his own. He can move from technology to music to art with a depth of understanding that is truly remarkable," Taylor said.
Amy Renz, a student leader at Wayne State, works with Soll through the Student Senate Finance Commission and through her position as the student representative to the Nebraska State Colleges Board of Trustees. She describes him as a very involved and down-to-earth person who is always sensitive to the student perspective.
"We attend meetings together, and he helps explain exactly what is going on for me. Everyone on campus knows who Mr. Soll is because he makes the effort to attend practically every event and to get to know students," she said.
Architect David Beringer, whose firm has worked on several projects at Wayne State, characterizes Soll as the most intelligent client with whom he has worked. "He understands function, form, aesthetics and budget as they relate to the projects. He is an individual who is not afraid to make a decision," Beringer said.
Soll earned a bachelor's degree in organ performance in 1969 from Oberlin College in Ohio. From 1971-73 he was a George C. Marshall Fellow for Study in Denmark. He earned a master's degree in music in 1973 and a master of business administration degree in 1976, both from the University of Illinois.
Even though Soll chose to follow a different path professionally from his early educational and employment experiences in the field of music, he remains committed to the importance of the liberal arts in higher education. He said UW-Eau Claire's strong commitment to the arts was another factor that attracted him and his wife, Dr. Beverly Soll, an associate professor of music and director of Wayne State's Center for Cultural Outreach, to Eau Claire.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 8, 1999