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Hisrich and Witthoft Retire
From UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Nov. 20, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire staff members recently retired. Both received emeritus status.
Joseph Hisrich retired in October from his position as associate director of Academic and Career Services at UW-Eau Claire.
Hisrich's retirement comes after 32 years of service at UW-Eau Claire, where he began in 1969 as a faculty member in the sociology department. In conjunction with his most recent position in Academic and Career Services, he directed Services for Students with Disabilities and Student Support Services.
Hisrich also worked with the Special Services Project on campus from 1979-89, which involved advising and educational programming for minority and educationally disadvantaged students, and coordinated the Academic Skills Center from 1981-82. He held a Wisconsin state representative position from 1990-92.
During his tenure with the university, Hisrich authored or co-authored more than 30 grants. The current ones, totaling nearly $5 million, are being used to create and fund a variety of innovative programs, including those for minority and low-income students and students with disabilities.
Hisrich served as the first chair of the UW System President's Advisory Committee for Individuals with Disabilities and as a member of a number of other UW System committees, including the committee that wrote the UW System policy for serving students with disabilities and the committee that developed the joint funding agreement between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the UW System. A member of several professional and community organizations, Hisrich was awarded the UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Service award in 1988.
He earned a bachelor's degree from St. Fidelis College in Pennsylvania and a master's degree from Loyola University in Chicago.
Jerome Witthoft, also retired in October from his position as director of Personnel Services after serving UW-Eau Claire for 24 years. Since 1977, Witthoft's main responsibilities were to supervise the administration of staffing, data systems and labor relations activities at the university. He also played an integral role in guiding the personnel staff in working with a variety of payroll systems, fringe benefit programs and employee training and development programs.
Witthoft is a member of the College and University Personnel Association and serves the community through his involvement in the Leukemia Society of America-Wisconsin Chapter and United Way of Greater Eau Claire.
He received his bachelor's degree from UW-Milwaukee.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 21, 2001