GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) The chancellor of UW-Green Bay has announced he will be leaving his position in August 2014. Tom Harden has held the post since 2009, but says it is time to spend more time with family.
While Chancellor Harden is leaving his current position, he will remain very active at the university. Wednesday evening we spoke with him about the next chapter in his career.
At the Kress Event Center - basketball was not the only thing people were talking about tonight.
Another topic, Chancellor Tom Harden, who announced come next August he is stepping down.
"I think there's a little bit of sadness," said Chris Sampson, a UWGB staff member.
"I was surprised today that he decided to step down," said Dan Alesch, a retired UWGB professor.
Stepping down to reconnect with his family.
"This one is really the primary reason," said Harden."I need to spend more time with my grandchildren."
Harden has been chancellor since June 2009. He is proud that under his watch, stronger bonds were forged with the community and area businesses and the Weidner Center was revitalized.
"We're selling out a lot of shows, double, triple booking some acts," Harden said
He is also proud enrollment numbers have grown and the UW-Green Bay Foundation was created to fund additional scholarships.
"The foundation has allowed us to bring more people from the community in to help us with the fundraising needs we have," said Harden.
Harden is also proud of the university's 360 Degrees of Learning - a promise that world-class instructors will teach students and pursue solutions in the classroom from multiple perspectives.
"The manner in which we expose students to various methods of inquiry and problem-solving techniques - it's really different - special."
At the Kress Center, current and retired staff, said Harden is a tireless advocate - who will be missed.
"I think he's done a good job of putting things back together, cementing relationships and making the campus comfortable," said Alesch.
"I'm not looking forward to the last day because I think it will be very emotional," the chancellor said.
After stepping down - Harden says he will continue fundraising for the university and return to teaching in 2015. He and his wife will continue living in Green Bay.