Dr. Joseph Abhold, dean of students at UW-Eau Claire for the past 5½ years, will retire May 24 after 20 years of service to the UW System. He will open a private psychological practice serving adolescents and adults in Eau Claire.
"Dean Abhold has been a valued colleague, a dedicated leader and collaborator, and a truly student-focused educator," said Dr. Tamara Johnson, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and student affairs. "His impact on our university has been extensive, both through the units he oversees — Counseling Services, Student Health Service and the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault — and in the countless students in crisis whom he has counseled and assisted."
Among Abhold's many contributions at UW-Eau Claire have been his mentorship of Student Senate leaders as they navigated issues like the city of Eau Claire’s much-debated public intoxication ordinance, neighborhood relations and free speech issues; his assistance in integrating the student affairs functions at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County; implementation of sexual assault and harassment training for all students; creation of a bystander intervention program; and service as a member of the Bias Incident Response Team.
Before joining UW-Eau Claire, Abhold served as the director of the Counseling Center at UW Oshkosh and in that role received the Board of Regents Academic Staff Excellence Award in 2011.