||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Andrew Soll Joins |
MAILED: July 30, 1999|
Andrew Soll could not be more pleased with where he is right now.
An accomplished fiscal administrator with more than 20 years of experience in public higher education, Soll started his position as vice chancellor for business and student services at UW-Eau Claire July 19.
"I really like what UW-Eau Claire has to offer," Soll said. "This is a strong institution, and I'm very glad to be here."
The former vice president for administration and finance at Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb., Soll fills the position recently vacated by Charles Bauer, who retired after 34 years of service at UW-Eau Claire. Soll will report directly to Chancellor Donald Mash and will serve as a member of his executive staff.
"We have attracted an excellent person and professional in Andrew Soll," Mash said. "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."
While adjusting to the new location and becoming acquainted with the Chippewa Valley, Soll's immediate plans are to listen a lot and get to know the campus and the staff.
"I'm trying to develop a better understanding of what contributes to the excellence here and to find ways in which I can contribute to the achievement of the university's goals," he said. "I want to be open to ideas and am eager to discover what issues are important to the campus community so that we can work together to find solutions."
During his years working in higher education, Soll has developed many administrative skills including financial administration, the delivery of services to the campus and facility planning. At Wayne State College, he was responsible for all capital facilities development, including oversight of the preparation of the institution's first facilities master plan and more than $25 million worth of construction and renovation on the campus.
"Wayne State gave me a great opportunity to expand my involvement in higher education administration," he said. "With the assistance of the outstanding staff who will work with me here, I hope to continue my professional growth in Eau Claire."
With Mash at the helm, the transition from Wayne State to UW-Eau Claire should be a smooth one, Soll said. The two met and formed a strong friendship in 1980 while working at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
"We've had a great working relationship for a long time," he said. "Dr. Mash is a wonderful leader. I have no doubt he will do great things at UW-Eau Claire, and I am pleased to be a part of his team."
Around the time Mash left Wayne State to lead UW-Eau Claire, Soll started considering other opportunities in higher education. After visiting Eau Claire last fall for Mash's inauguration and reading about his mentor's new institution, Soll was drawn to what UW-Eau Claire had to offer.
"I was attracted to UW-Eau Claire because it is a public institution with a focus on excellence in undergraduate teaching and research," he said. "That is very important to me."
Soll also found the rich music and arts environment at the university attractive. His wife, Beverly, who was a member of the music faculty at Wayne State College, recently accepted the position of special events coordinator at UW-Eau Claire, a position that deals with the arts on campus on a regular basis.
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. Four years later, he was promoted to assistant vice president for planning and budget as well as budget director. In 1988, Soll joined Wayne State College as vice president for administration and finance.
Soll earned a bachelor's degree in music 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.
In his spare time, Soll enjoys playing the piano and completing woodworking projects. In the future, he hopes to become involved in community functions, perhaps in the areas of Habitat for Humanity and animal welfare.
"I'm looking forward to my future in Eau Claire," Soll said. "So far I've had nothing but positive experiences."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 6, 1999