UW–Stout Welcomes New Chancellor

Elizabeth Vierkant

The University of Wisconsin–Stout went through the process of hiring a new chancellor in Fall 2019. At the end of this process, Dr. Katherine P. Frank was hired. She will begin her position as UW–Stout’s chancellor on Mar. 1.

Dr. Katherine P. Frank assumed the position in March 2020

“I’m so proud and deeply honored to be able to serve in this role,” Frank said. She began her work in higher education over ten years ago. According to her, she is excited to continue this path at UW–Stout.

Frank spent ten years at Colorado State University–Pueblo, where she worked as an assistant professor and an associate professor and director of composition. By the time she left, she was serving as faculty senate president and chairperson of English and Foreign Languages.

Following this, she was the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indiana University East, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University, provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Central Washington University and Vice President of Academic Innovation at the same university.

Prior to her work in education, Frank studied at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she majored in English. According to her, she was a studious and dedicated college student since academics are a passion of hers. She also knew at the beginning of her college career that she would pursue a graduate education.

While she studied English, she also took higher education as a chance to explore multiple interests. As stated by Frank, she took several classes in philosophy, foreign languages and geology.

During her college years, she developed a passion for travel, which led her to studying abroad in England for a semester. “I’m so grateful for that opportunity [to study abroad], to deepen my understanding, not just of my subject area but of the world,” Frank said.

Throughout her time in England, she would travel during breaks. Frank managed to visit Ireland, Scotland and Italy while studying abroad.

“Part of that experience—of just exploring—having the opportunity to explore with a backpack on your back and hopping on and off trains and really just immersing yourself in the culture and adventure is remarkable, and it’s life-changing,” Frank said.

According to Frank, travel and studies weren’t the only passions she found during her college years. At this time, she started running, and by graduate school, she started running marathons. This interest followed her outside of her education.