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Committee weighing decision on whether former UW-La Crosse chancellor Gow should be fired, over pornographic videos with wife

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Joe Gow speaks to media after a hearing at the OmniCenter in Onalaska on June 20, 2024. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

The fate of Joe Gow’s tenure at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is in the hands of a committee, months after he was fired as chancellor essentially for producing pornographic videos with his wife and affiliating with adult film starts.

A two-day hearing at the OmniCenter wrapped up Thursday.

Gow argued that the faculty senate committee has “not proved just cause” to end his tenure. He denies that his actions caused harm to the college.

A committee spokesman said Gow “doesn’t get it,” and declared that it’s time for his relationship with UW-L to end.

Gow came to the La Crosse campus as chancellor in 2007.

FILE: A promotional photo from the @SexyHappyCouple Twitter page with adult film star Lauren Phillips (left), Carmen Wilson and Joe Gow (@SexyHappyCouple on Twitter).

A brief testimony by interim UW-L chancellor Betsy Morgan wrapped up the hearing.

Gow was removed as chancellor last December. He faces the possible loss of his tenure for allegedly refusing to cooperate with the university investigation of the videos and his use of university computers.

A decision is likely to be made in writing and will be released publicly, after it is presented to university officials.

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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3 Comments

  1. R Head

    June 21, 2024 at 9:04 am

    Whey did they have it at the Omni center that cost money are money. Why not at University of La Crosse. Did they call in Johny Wad as a witness

  2. Lucenut

    June 22, 2024 at 8:40 am

    Don’t strain your brains over this. Of course Gow the plow did irreparable harm to UWL. He should be stripped of his tenure and sent packing.

  3. LIbertarian Guy

    July 2, 2024 at 9:49 am

    The deciders seem to be having difficulty deciding. Perhaps they’re worried about the potential lawsuit for a wrongful termination of a fully tenured professor. I don’t agree with Joe Gow’s poor judgement, but freedom, liberty, and the free market must prevail. That is, if you don’t like Joe Gow, don’t take his classes. And if no one signs up for his classes, he will be gone and the UW system will avoid a costly lawsuit. And if people continue to take his classes, then I guess his teaching is better than we thought.

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