Charles W. Sorensen is the longest-serving leader in the 120-year history of UW-Stout. Sorensen has been chancellor for more than 22½ years. He began serving Aug. 1, 1988.
The leader who previously served the longest was Burton E. Nelson, who served 22½ years from 1923-1945.
During his tenure, Sorensen has overseen significant progress at UW-Stout. The number of undergraduate programs has more than doubled to 40, enrollment has risen from 7,092 in 1988 to more than 9,300 and there have been 11 major building and remodeling projects on campus. The Stout Technology Park has grown, and the Discovery Center and Center for Applied Ethics were founded.
In addition, during Sorensen’s tenure the university became the first higher education recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige Award and was designated Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University.

Summer Outlook 2012