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New chancellor stresses quality
Hannah Joins UW-Eau Claire
Right. Chancellor Emily Hannah talk with one of the 350 ttudent who came to her welcoming reception
Below right. Hannah and her auiitant. Sara Chapman. po e for a picture at the reception Below. Ormtby Harry. a«sistant chancellor for ttudent affair , welcome Hannah to (JWEC.
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floor, faculty mixed in. by the apparel you didn't know one from the other.'
"Night after night this went on because it was a way for a learned population to approach the problems of the time through a rational approach, bearing the marks of excellence associated with it," he said.
Haas' wife. Dorellen, has affected his life as much as his strive for excellence. Since Haas began his administrative work In 1948. the state of Wisconsin has received two employees for the price of one.
Mrs. Haas has acted as hostess and innkeeper to a houseful of guests many times throughout the years of her husband's chancellorship. She has done it all without the aid of servants. Both she and Haas have been the university’s official welcoming team for traveling visitors In the wee hours of the morning.
The "First Lady” of the university for the past 20 years also has played a vital role in the university's growth and development. both in working with other wives of faculty members and in univer sity women's organizations. Many would find it difficult to have a family life with the dedication the Haases have shown for the university. Mrs. Haas said they and their two daughters succeeded because they understood the importance of Haas' job.
"We looked upon Leonard as a man very dedicated to his job; the university came first, but we never felt deprived." Mrs. Haas said. "Our family life was tied to university functions."
The Haases have chosen to stay in Eau Claire and around the university after Haas' retirement. Haas said he plans to finish some correspondence, travel to Japan as the university's representative and work with his successor and her staff for a smooth transition. Dr. Emily Hannah of Minnesota has been appointed (JWEC's fourth chief administrator.
Haas will have come full circle by fall 1981 when he returns as a history professor. his original position at (iWEC.
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by Tom Pantera
The new kid In town has been awfully busy these days. She hasn't been an easy person to see — all the meetings and conferences and discussions and receptions. I almost felt a little guilty trying to arrange an Interview with her.
But I did get In to see her and the funny thing was that during the interview she seemed more nervous than I. Of course, making one’s first statement to a new constituency — which was used to the style of a man who hod been here for 21 years — might be an occasion for a little nervousness.
Mary-Emily Hannah. 44, was born and raised In Denver. She received her B.A. in speech and English from Iowa's Qrinnell College In 1958. She taught In her home town for a while and was named Denver's Teecher of the Year in 1960.
She holds graduate degrees from two different schools. She received her M.A. In speech from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D., also in speech, from the University of Illinois (where her Ph.D. thesis was on "Matching Political Wits; — A Comparative Study of Humor as a Persuasive Device In Political Speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Adlai Stevenson II”).
Her new doctorate in hand, she took a
job as an assistant professor of speech at St. Cloud State University in Mlnne sota In 1967. By 1968 she had been elected department chairman, a post she would occupy until 1971. She taught at St. Cloud until 1975. when she became Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Metropolitan State University. She continued to work her way up In the state university system until 1976, when she became Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Minnesota State University System, the first woman to occupy that post.
One of her first official acts as Chancellor stirred some discussion on campus when she appointed Sara Chapman, who had been her assistant in Mlnnesa ta. as a full-time executive assistant. Hannah defended the action by saying that after a wide search, In which she had considered people both within the system and outside of It. she could find no one more qualified than Chapman.
Hannah has said that her administration will differ from the previous one primarily In style rather than In educational philosophy. She does not. for example. favor 24-hour visitation in the dormitories, since, she says. “I would be hard put to imagine how (the) learning environment would be enhanced bv in-
creasing the visitation hours." Nor does she favor the carrying of guns by campus security.
Hannah said her first academic priority Is "to have high quality academic programs and to limit the number of academic programs to those that can be of high quality." Her second priority is to accurately assess "the future needs of students both to function as the leaders of the society of tomorrow and to have an economically productive livelihood. and to balance those two concerns in evaluating the continuance and the modification and development of new programs.”
The new administration of UWEC will, in future years, have to face these and other crucial questions. What, for example, will be the effect of the system-wide decline in enrollment predicted for the next few years? How can the university maintain quality programs In the face of this decline? It Is left to this new chancellor to wrestle with these issues, which have the potential to change forever the nature of this university.
Sara Chapman ditcutse a point with three student
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