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Marty Wood to Be UW-Eau Claire Interim Provost
and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

RELEASED: Sept. 4, 2008

Dr. Marty Wood
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EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Marty Wood, professor of English and chair of the University Senate at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been named the university's interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. He will begin serving in the interim post Sept. 15.

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich announced Wood's appointment in conjunction with the announcement that Dr. Steven Tallant, current 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.

"Marty Wood has demonstrated mature and thoughtful leadership in his role in the Senate and in his participation in our strategic planning," Levin-Stankevich said in a Sept. 4 e-mail to the university community. "His every action and argument is directed at enhancing the quality of our university environment and exhibits a level of university citizenship worthy of emulation."

UW-Eau Claire has an "ambitious agenda" for the 2008-09 academic year, including an accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the start of a new Program to Evaluate and Enhance Quality (PEEQ), and the implementation of a new way to assess and build resource and budget allocations, and Wood is the right person to provide the leadership needed at the provost level, Levin-Stankevich said.

"I am most certain . . . that Dr. Wood can not only manage this agenda but, just as importantly, remain attentive to the human side of this work to care about the uncertainties some may feel and to address those concerns openly and honestly," the chancellor said in his e-mail. "He will be supported by a strong team in academic affairs with the expertise and talent necessary to carry forward our current important work and implement our strategic objectives."

Wood said he was honored to accept the chancellor's appointment.

"I feel especially privileged to be entrusted with the leadership of Academic Affairs," he said. "We face formidable challenges that need immediate attention — challenges that will fully engage our best efforts and even ask us to do some things differently. We begin the task with so many talented people and with so many acknowledged strengths that I'm certain we'll carry it through with distinction and integrity. It's exciting just to be part of it, and humbling to be asked to play a central role."

Wood joined the UW-Eau Claire English faculty in 1986 and served as the English department chair from 1998-2007. In 2007 he was elected chair of the University Senate, a deliberative body empowered to act for the university faculty and academic staff in matters of faculty and academic staff responsibility and concern.

Wood's teaching and professional interests include 18th century British literature and culture; Gothic, horror and science fiction genres; Shakespeare; and technical, scientific and professional writing. He is a member of the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Modern Language Association. He received a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and master's and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University.

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