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Editor’s Note: The full text of Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich’s first “State of the University” address can be found online. An archived audio broadcast of his speech also can be found online.

UW-Eau Claire's New Chancellor Outlines Goals
During 2006-07 Academic Year Opening Meeting

RELEASED: Aug. 22, 2006

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s chancellor said today that strategic planning, cultural competence and diversity, capital projects and private fundraising are his immediate goals as he begins his first academic year as the university’s top administrator.

“This is a university of high quality and wonderful reputation, filled with people who have deep pride in it,” Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich told several hundred faculty and staff members during today’s opening meeting to kick off the 2006-07 academic year. “Together you’ve built and continue to enjoy something that is truly special. Now we must engage together to keep it that way because, simply put, we can’t stay static and expect to stay distinctive.”

During his first “State of the University” address, Levin-Stankevich said his immediate goals for UW-Eau Claire are to:

  1. Develop an inclusive, effective and engaging strategic plan for UW-Eau Claire. Strategic thinking will help UW-Eau Claire define its priorities, again identify what makes it distinctive and build a plan that “creates such an extraordinary level of excellence that others must continue to look to UW-Eau Claire as the standard against which to compare themselves,” Levin-Stankevich said.
  2. Distinguish UW-Eau Claire by the diversity, cultural competence and global perspectives of its students, faculty, staff, curriculum and learning environment. Cultural competence enriches lives and enhances the region. The world in which students live and work is a multicultural one, enriched by diverse perspectives and ideas, Levin-Stankevich said. “If our students are to truly succeed, they must experience learning at UW-Eau Claire that mirrors the increasingly diverse and global world,” he said.
  3. Obtain support for capital needs. UW-Eau Claire lags behind its sister institutions in major capital building projects, Levin-Stankevich said, noting that its last new academic building opened in 1982. Efforts to build an academic building to replace Brewer Hall and Campus School must continue, and proposed changes to Davies Center must move forward, he said. “Every building is part of our learning environment,” the chancellor said. “Academic buildings, student centers, athletic facilities, residence halls are purposefully incorporated into achieving the learning outcomes we expect of our graduates.”
  4. Provide leadership for the current and future private fundraising campaigns. The chancellor will provide leadership for the ongoing Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign, which has already received $47.5 million dollars in cash and commitments, and has a goal of $50 million by Dec. 31, 2007. He will lead the charge for the next campaign.

During his address, Levin-Stankevich challenged every member of the faculty and staff — regardless of their job title — to ask themselves daily what they can do to help UW-Eau Claire students succeed.

“Students must be at the center of everything we do,” Levin-Stankevich said. “If we are united in that commitment — and, from what I’ve seen and everyone I’ve met, I believe that we are — we will continue to excel.”

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