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UW-La Crosse Chancellor Gow plans to step down at the end school year



The chancellor of UW-La Crosse says this will be his last year in that job.

Chancellor Joe Gow speaks to UWL faculty on Aug. 30th, 2023 (photo: UW-La Crosse)

Chancellor Joe Gow said Wednesday he’ll step down at the end of the new school year, which began this week.

Gow has been chancellor since 2007 or, as he put it, “very long time.”

“In my life, there are changes that are going on, and things I’m thinking about, and I came to a conclusion, you know, that this is a good time,” Gow told WIZM.

He said he feels “very fulfilled” during his time on campus and would like to do some new things in teaching and, away from campus, helping his wife write a cookbook.

“I’m gonna be in a faculty role,” Gow said. “I was very lucky to get this job when I was 46 years old and, so now I’m 62 years old, and so I’ve done it for a good long time.”

Gow takes pride in campus improvements made since he arrived at UW-L, and in the growth of educational programs.

He said that as of Wednesday morning, there were 2,304 new students enrolled, which is just four short of the record set last year.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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