Daily Bread for 10.18.21: UW System Vacancies and New Hires

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 71.  Sunrise is 7:13 AM and sunset 6:06 PM for 10h 53m 14s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 95.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

 Whitewater’s Library Board meets at 6:30 PM.

 On this day in 1851, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is first published (as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London).

 Kelly Meyerhofer reports Exits of UW System president and UW-Madison chancellor create opportunity, uncertainty:

The top two jobs in the University of Wisconsin System are turning over within months of each other next year, a major leadership shake-up that comes on the heels of new chancellors installed during the pandemic at nearly half of the regional campuses and amid a variety of other challenges.

The departures of interim System President Tommy Thompson and UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank in 2022, along with new leaders at five of the 12 other campuses, create opportunities but also some sense of uncertainty, experts say. The timing related to the two leaders’ exits will require close coordination.


Other new faces in UW leadership include:

  • UW-Stout Chancellor Katherine Frank: started March 1, 2020
  • UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander: started May 1, 2020
  • UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Thomas Gibson: started Jan. 11, 2021
  • Interim UW-Whitewater Chancellor Jim Henderson: started July 1, 2021
  • UW-River Falls Chancellor Maria Gallo: started July 15, 2021

Whitewater has two new educational leaders: Henderson, the interim chancellor at UW-Whitewater, and Caroline Pate-Hefty, the superintendent (since 7.1.2020) at the Whitewater Unified School District.

Their situations are unalike: Henderson is a veteran academic serving as an interim leader, while Pate-Hefty is leading a school district for the first time.

NASA launches spacecraft on 12-year mission:

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