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MAILED: March 1, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — A Wisconsin native and longtime leader in higher education has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Dr. Ted A. Wendt will assume the dean responsibilities July 1, replacing retiring interim dean David Lund, Chancellor Donald Mash announced today. The UW System Board of Regents will approve the appointment during its March meeting.
Wendt, a native of Janesville, currently holds the position of dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Murray State University in Murray, Ky., a position he has held since 1996. Murray State University, a public university with an enrollment of 8,903 students, is listed among U.S. News & World Report magazine's top Southern regional universities.
"I believe this is a very strong appointment for UW-Eau Claire, and I'm enthusiastic about the leadership Dr. Wendt will bring to the College of Arts and Sciences," Mash said. "Dr. Wendt, who has dedicated his career to higher education, has proven in past positions that he is committed to academic excellence and is a strong promoter of the scholarly and creative activities of the faculty."
"As I learned about UW-Eau Claire — especially from colleagues around the country — I discovered its reputation for excellence, and that this excellence resides in its liberal arts and science focus," Wendt said of UW-Eau Claire. "When I met the faculty and staff at UW-Eau Claire, they 'sold' me. These are the people responsible for that reputation, the sort of people with whom anyone would enjoy working. I was very impressed with the mixture of professionalism and cordiality which seems to define the UW-Eau Claire 'personality.'"
From 1992-96, Wendt served as dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication and professor of theatre arts at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., a public university with an enrollment of 5,400. From 1980-92 he taught in the department of theatre and dance, and from 1985-90 he was associate dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at California State University in Chico, Calif., a public university with an enrollment of 14,983. From 1977-80, he was an assistant professor of theatre arts at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Ind., and from 1976-77 he was an instructor in the department of speech communication at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.
"According to every source we've contacted, Ted Wendt has it all: he's a vigorous, independent advocate for faculty, a strong representative for the needs and programs of his own college, an adept negotiator with other deans and upper administrators, and an accomplished teacher with a deep respect for students as learners and as human beings," said Dr. Marty Wood, chair of the Search and Screen Committee for Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
"Dr. Wendt received strong endorsements from colleagues in all disciplines — the sciences, the social sciences, humanities, professional programs and others," Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald Satz said. "I believe he is well qualified to lead our College of Arts and Sciences to the next level of excellence."
Wendt is a lifelong student of the stage, acting, directing, designing and writing theatrical adaptations. His love of Shakespeare has twice taken him to Great Britain for extended study at Stratford's Shakespeare Centre, Oxford's Bodleian Library and London's British Library. He has directed more than 40 college and community theater productions, representing a variety of authors, periods and styles. His recent scholarly interests have included issues such as arts censorship, governmental oversight of public higher education and developments in arts/communication curricula. As a dean at Murray State University, Wendt taught one course a year and directed a number of plays.
A member of numerous national organizations, including the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and the American Conference of Academic Deans, Wendt has delivered professional papers at a number of meetings. While at Murray State University, he chaired the search committee for the Dean of the College of Science, as well as committees such as the University Promotions and Leave Committee and the University Assessment Committee. During his academic career he was twice elected to serve on faculty senates.
Wendt holds a doctoral degree in performance studies from Northwestern University. He earned a master's degree in communication and theatre from Western Kentucky University and a bachelor's degree in speech communication and theatre from Eastern Kentucky University, both public comprehensive universities.
Wendt will move to Eau Claire with his wife, Mary Sue Jackson, a speech-language pathologist.

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Updated: March 1, 2000