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UW-Eau Claire Names Dr. Patricia A. Kleine
Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

RELEASED: April 15, 2009

Patricia Kleine
Dr. Patricia A. Kleine

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Patricia A. Kleine has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich announced today.

Kleine, who will begin her new duties July 1 at UW-Eau Claire, currently serves as dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Conn.

"Dr. Kleine brings to Eau Claire both a firm understanding of professional education and a very strong commitment to the liberal arts and sciences," Levin-Stankevich said. "She displays an enthusiasm for the present and the future of UW-Eau Claire, and a strong respect for the core values and traditions that have made this university great."

UW-Eau Claire's Centennial Plan sets an ambitious course for the university, which she fully embraces, Kleine said, noting that her past and current professional experiences have afforded her significant leadership opportunities in moving academic departments and institutions toward full implementation of strategic goals.

"The hallmarks of a UW-Eau Claire experience undergraduate research, service learning and international experiences are very attractive to me," Kleine said. "The faculty and staff commitment to academic excellence and public university mandate of accessibility mirror my own practice and beliefs as an academic leader."

Kleine has been in her current position at Eastern Connecticut State University since 1998. From 1989-95, she taught in the department of educational leadership at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She served as chair of that department from 1995-98. Earlier in her career, Kleine taught and served as a principal and interim superintendent at public schools in Colorado, Kansas and Maine.

No stranger to the upper Midwest, Kleine attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.; obtained a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.; and earned a doctorate in higher education and research/statistics from the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.

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