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Longtime UWS provost takes new post

Superior Telegram

After more than 20 years with the University of Wisconsin-Superior, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs Faith Hensrud stepped away this week. This spring, Hensrud was selected as the president-elect of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College effective July 1. Her last day at UWS was June 22.

"Provost Hensrud’s leadership was significant in so many ways," said UWS Chancellor Renée Wachter. "She helped to lead the reaccreditation of the university with the Higher Learning Commission, the streamlining of learning goals, the strategic planning and campus master planning processes, the recovery from the flood of 2012 and more. It has been an honor and a privilege to work so closely with her these last few years, and all I can say is that Bemidji is very fortunate indeed."

Hensrud arrived at UWS in 1995, joining the Department of Business and Economics as a lecturer. In 2006, she was named an associate professor. From 2002 to 2006, she guided the Center for Continuing Education and the Distance Learning Center before being named in 2006 as associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Outreach. In 2010, Hensrud took the role as interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs before being named to her current position in 2012.

"I have enjoyed serving as provost and vice chancellor for UW-Superior and am proud of the progress we have made together over recent months and years," Hensrud said. "UW-Superior is moving in a positive direction with tremendous momentum in recruiting, significant progress on innovative development of new programs, and a renewed emphasis on student success. With this momentum, I am confident that UW-Superior is set up for both short and long term success."

Jacalyn Weissenburger has been named interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. She begins her new role July 1.