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Longtime assistant to the chancellor to retire in December

RELEASED: Nov. 30, 2009

Susie Johnson Jan Sloan
Susie Johnson
Jan Sloan

EAU CLAIRE — People calling the Chancellor's Office at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire soon will hear a new voice at the end of the line.

Susie Johnson will retire Dec. 28 after 19 years as an assistant to the chancellor and 39 years of total service to UW-Eau Claire. During her tenure in the Chancellor's Office, Johnson has worked for four chancellors or interim chancellors.

Jan Sloan will take over Johnson's duties as the new university executive staff assistant in the Chancellor's Office.

"It has been incredibly rewarding to be a part of an educational institution that has such a positive life-changing impact on its students," Johnson said. "I have had the good fortune to work for exceptional administrators and to work alongside outstanding support staff. Much as I will miss daily campus life, I am looking forward to having more time to spend with my husband and family."

Johnson began her career at UW-Eau Claire in 1970 working as a stenographer in what was then the department of clerical and duplicating. She later worked in the Personnel Services (now Human Resources) and Financial Aid offices. In 1981, she became an assistant to the assistant chancellor for administrative services. In 1990, she moved into her position in the Chancellor's Office.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said Johnson's knowledge of the university and its history has made her a valuable resource to him and to the campus community as a whole.

"Susie has an exceptional understanding of UW-Eau Claire and her institutional knowledge spans nearly four decades," Levin-Stankevich said. "That knowledge, combined with her wonderful people and problem-solving skills, has made her a tremendous asset to our office and to the campus. Just as importantly, Susie just makes it fun to be around here for everyone."

Sloan, who will begin her work in the Chancellor's Office on Dec. 7, worked for the senior vice president of academic affairs at UW System in Madison before joining UW-Eau Claire in 2001. Since that time, she has worked in multiple offices on campus, most recently in the offices for the special assistant to the chancellor for strategic planning and the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies.

"My work in numerous offices has given me a broad view of the campus and how it operates," Sloan said. "I have worked with so many talented faculty and staff and look forward to continuing those relationships in this new position. It will be difficult to try to fill Susie's shoes, but I am excited that I can continue to work with my wonderful colleagues in the Chancellor's Office. I look forward to the new challenges and the opportunity to serve UW-Eau Claire in yet another capacity."

As the university executive staff assistant, Sloan will provide administrative support to the chancellor by managing his office and budget, keeping him apprised of priorities requiring his attention, doing advance research on issues and projects, and overseeing his schedule. She also will respond to inquiries, from on- and off-campus constituents, and assist others with problem resolution.

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