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UW-Eau Claire Provost Satz Announces Retirement

RELEASED: Oct. 11, 2005

Dr. Ronald Satz
Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald N. Satz will retire Oct. 17 after 22 years of service to the university, Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson announced this morning.

"Ron Satz has made incredible contributions to UW-Eau Claire and the world of higher education during his long and distinguished career," Larson said. "Ron's passion and vision were instrumental in helping UW-Eau Claire — a regional public university — earn a national reputation for excellence."

Satz, who has served as provost and vice chancellor at UW-Eau Claire since 1999, has been undergoing treatment for a recurrence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He's been on medical leave since April 21. Dr. Steve Tallant has served and will continue to serve as interim provost and vice chancellor, Larson said.

"As provost and vice chancellor, Ron Satz was an advocate for our faculty and for our students," Larson said. "He worked tirelessly to find the resources to help faculty to be the most productive teachers and scholars they could be. As a result, he was highly respected throughout the campus and his leadership will be greatly missed."

In his letter to Larson announcing his retirement, Satz said his years at UW-Eau Claire have been rewarding and enjoyable.

"It has especially been a pleasure to assist faculty, academic staff and students with their research, creative activity and professional development needs, and to assist in promoting an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity," Satz said.

Satz held numerous positions since coming to UW-Eau Claire in 1983, including: provost and vice chancellor (1999-2005); founding dean of the College of Professional Studies (1995-99); founding dean of the School of Human Sciences and Services (1994-1995); and dean of Graduate Studies and Research (1983-1994) while concurrently serving as founding director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration (1988-1995). Prior to joining UW-Eau Claire, Satz was dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Under Satz's leadership, the undergraduate research program grew so successful that the Board of Regents named UW-Eau Claire as the UW System's only Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration. Satz was named the founding director of the Center when it was created in 1988.

The growth of the Center and the increase in the amount of external research funding that faculty and staff secure each year are among the accomplishments that he takes most pride in, said Satz, who organized UW-Eau Claire's first Student Research Day, an event that has become a showcase for the university's student-faculty collaborative research projects.

"UW-Eau Claire is a national leader in undergraduate research," Larson said, noting that the program has been featured in publications such as U.S. News & World Report magazine. "Over the years, thousands of undergraduate students and faculty members have worked together to conduct research. And we know that those kinds of outside-the-classroom learning experiences give our students a huge advantage when they're applying for jobs or to prestigious graduate schools. Ron's hard work is one of the reasons our research program is thriving today."

An American Indian historian with a specialty in Indian treaties and treaty rights, Satz taught history classes and he continued his scholarly activities. He's served on several editorial boards including the American Indian Quarterly. He's been a consultant of Indian history and treaty rights to several American Indian tribes and organizations, including the Native American Rights Fund, the American Indian Language and Culture Education Board of the Governor of the State of Wisconsin, and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

In 1991, Satz was nominated for the Human Rights Award of the Equal Rights Council of the state of Wisconsin for his work to promote better understanding of American Indian reserved treaty rights. In 1993, he was recognized by the Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction for his commitment to the advancement of American Indian studies in Wisconsin's public schools and for promoting an understanding among K-12 students and staff of the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Indian tribes and bands in Wisconsin. In 1995, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc. presented him with its Excellence in Service Award. In 1996, the Wisconsin Library Association honored his Classroom Activities on Wisconsin Indian Treaties and Tribal Sovereignty with its Distinguished Document Award.

In 1998, the Wisconsin Ojibwa tribes presented Satz's award-winning book, Chippewa Treaty Rights, into evidence before the U. S. Supreme Court in the Mille Lacs Case. The case resulted in the vindication of Chippewa treaty rights. Following the announcement of this legal victory, Lac Courtes Oreilles Ojibwa tribal elder John Anderson honored Satz by giving him an Ojibwa name, Wasbishka Ogitchida ("The White Warrior [for treaty rights] and Earth Protector"), in a traditional naming ceremony.

Satz earned his undergraduate degree in political and social sciences from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1965, his master's degree in history from Illinois State University in 1967, and his doctoral degree in history from the University of Maryland in 1972. He received post-doctoral research fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.



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