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Interim chancellor Morgan of UWL makes her pitch to have the job full-time



Three finalists for chancellor of UW-La Crosse have now spoken to campus audiences about why they want the job.

Each candidate talked at a separate forum this week, and Wednesday’s event featured the current interim chancellor, Betsy Morgan. She’s had the position since December, and has been a psychology professor and provost during 30 years at UWL.

FILE: Interim chancellor Betsy Morgan of UW-La Crosse, speaking on campus earlier this year (PHOTO: UWL)

“I am a product of public education, and I believe in public education,” Morgan told an audience at the Cleary Center. “The privilege of my career has been to work as a faculty member and an administrator, and to work with people who genuinely inspire me, and when I say people, I talk about our students, our faculty, and our staff.”

Morgan says she likes being an administrator, and likes new challenges, including the challenge of heading the local campus. She was a provost before becoming chancellor in December, after Joe Gow was fired from the post in a pornography scandal.

Morgan says that when she first sought a college teaching job, “this was, in fact, the only job that was offered to me.”

“But I stayed for 30 years because I love it here,” she says. “I love the campus, I love our students, and I’ve grown to love the community.”

Morgan and two other candidates, James Beeby of New Hampshire and Christopher Olsen from Indiana, will be considered by a selection committee on campus. The new chancellor for UWL is expected to be named by Easter.

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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  1. Roy

    March 7, 2024 at 11:21 am

    She’s a psychology professor, so I’ll ask her…what, after 30 years does ” I’ve grown to love the community” mean?

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