UW System President Kevin P. Reilly and a special committee of the UW System Board of Regents announced their recommendation today. Following action by the full board, scheduled for April 5, Schmidt will step into his new leadership role in July.
Schmidt said, "It has been a great honor for me to have had the opportunity to serve at Winona State University for these past fourteen years, and for our family to be a part of this amazing community. My heart, and sense of home, has been deeply rooted in the rich tradition and growing distinction of WSU. The growth and advancement of the institution over the period of my tenure is purely testament to the quality and commitment of the faculty and staff, with whom I have had the privilege to serve. It is both a professional and personal honor for me to have been named the next Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire."