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UWFox's Perry Receives UW Colleges "Chancellor's Award"

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Menasha, WI – Dr. James W. Perry, campus executive office and dean at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, was recently presented with the prestigious UW Colleges and UW-Extension’s  “Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement.”  Perry was one of 13 individuals, out of hundreds of staff members from throughout the state, who were recognized and presented with the award by the UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor, Dr. David Wilson, in Madison.

In receiving the award, Perry was cited for the accomplishments he’s had during his 15 years as CEO/Dean at UWFox that have added to the quality of life for students, faculty and community members.  He said, “It’s an incredible honor to receive this award, but it’s really made possible by the truly outstanding faculty and staff that make up the UWFox family. Every day I walk in the door I realize how fortunate I am to be at a place I love with a group of people who care so much about the campus and community.”

Under Perry’s leadership UWFox has grown in facilities and in academic stature. For example, through his efforts an increasing number of students can now start and complete their four-year degree within their home community.

Perry developed strong relationships with four-year institutions that  brought about a number of degree opportunities, including  collaborative mechanical and electrical engineering programs with UW-Platteville that allows engineering majors to complete all four years of their program at UWFox.  A bachelor’s degree in Organizational Administration is obtainable through a partnership with UW-Oshkosh, and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies is available in partnership with UW-Stevens Point.  These bachelor’s degrees are offered with all classes held on the UWFox campus.

Perry was also cited for his campus vision as well as for his fund-raising skills that support his vision.  UWFox boasts state-of-the-art classroom facilities, high-tech computer labs, the world-class Barlow Planetarium, and the state’s official mineralogical museum – the Weis Earth Science Museum.

The campus’ newest addition, the Communication Arts Center (CAC), is currently under construction. It will help the campus grow its communication and theatre arts program, as well as its performing arts programs. It will also provide a superb venue for programs and events open to the community. The CAC is expected to be the UW System’s first academic building to be LEED-certified when it opens in time for the fall semester 2009.

UWFox is one of the 13 campuses that comprise the UW Colleges. Perry himself is a product of the UW Colleges, as he attended UW-Marathon County (Wausau) 1966-1968 before transferring to UW-Madison.  He went on to earn his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the state’s flagship campus.

Wilson said, “These annual awards recognize the trail-blazing university extension and undergraduate education being done here in Wisconsin. This year’s recipients were honored for their work in providing maximum access to university resources and knowledge, so that the people of Wisconsin can enjoy healthy lives, quality for well-paying jobs, and contribute to economically and intellectually vigorous Wisconsin communities.”

Wilson pointed out that, annually, the UW Colleges and UW-Extension make approximately 1.5 million continuing education contacts, both credit and non-credit, with Wisconsin’s children, youth and adults. Programs are delivered through all 26 of the UW System campuses, 72 county offices, and the state-wide networks of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.

UWFox presently has an enrollment of more than 1,700 students and offers a wide-range of academic programs, including choices of over 200 majors, an accelerated learning program, on-line courses, teacher-training and certification courses, Continuing Education, interscholastic athletics, special interest clubs and organizations, as well as a faculty-student ratio of approximately 1:25.

For more information about the “Chancellor’s Award,” or about UWFox, contact Dave Hager, director of University Relations, at  920-832-2611  or email david.hager@uwc.edu.

Dr. James W. Perry (right), campus executive officer and dean at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, is the recipient of a University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. He was recognized for tirelessly working to develop a vibrant UWFox campus for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and the community. Chancellor Dr. David Wilson (left) congratulated Perry at the Chancellor’s Award Banquet Sept. 18, 2008, in Madison.

Posted 09/30/2008