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UW-Eau Claire's Steven Tallant Confirmed as President of Texas A&M University-Kingsville

RELEASED: Sept. 4, 2008

Dr. Steven Tallant
Tallant

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Steven Tallant, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, has been named president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Tallant's last day at UW-Eau Claire will be Sept. 15.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville announced Aug. 1 that the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents had selected Tallant as the sole finalist to become the 19th president of the university. His appointment was confirmed Sept. 2.

"Texas A&M University-Kingsville has made an outstanding choice in naming Steve Tallant as president," said UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. "His dedication, energy and work ethic will serve his new campus well. While we will miss Steve's contributions, I am pleased that he has the opportunity to advance his professional career and use his experience to lead another university."

Tallant has served as UW-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs since spring 2007. He came to UW-Eau Claire in 1994 as a professor of social work. He was named associate vice chancellor and director of graduate programs in June 2000. He served as interim provost from April 2004 to November 2004 and again from April 2005 until he was named provost and vice chancellor on a permanent basis.

"My time at UW-Eau Claire has been extremely rewarding," Tallant said. "This university's singular focus on academic excellence and student success is a model I hope to emulate in my new position."

Tallant said he appreciates the support he has received from Levin-Stankevich and the campus community.

"Chancellor Levin-Stankevich is the most visionary leader I have encountered in my professional career," he said. "His leadership, supported by outstanding faculty and staff, has UW-Eau Claire well positioned to achieve its goal of being the premier undergraduate learning community in the upper Midwest."

An accomplished teacher and scholar, Tallant has received numerous awards and other honors for his work at UW-Eau Claire. In March 2006, the Student Senate presented him with the Ronald N. Satz Award for Student Advocacy: Outstanding Service to the Student Body. He also received the university's Excellence in Teaching Award in August 1999 and was named Professor of the Year by the university's Future Teachers' Club in 1997.

Prior to coming to UW-Eau Claire, Tallant held numerous positions in the U.S. Air Force from 1978-91. At the time he left the military, he was chief of Air Force Family Research, working from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Concurrently with Tallant's departure, his wife, Karen, will leave her position as a service associate in the Registrar's Office. In that position, she is the coordinator of registration of new students during orientation. She also does special student registration and graduate student registration, and she provides clearance of master's degree candidates.

"On behalf of the university community, I want to thank Steve and Karen for their service to UW-Eau Claire and especially for their dedication to our students," Levin-Stankevich said.

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