Furst-Bowe was at UW-Stout for 22 years, beginning as a faculty member in 1990. After several years of teaching, she began climbing through the administrative ranks as department chair, associate vice chancellor, assistant chancellor and, since August 2005, provost and vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

She also is an alumna, earning a master’s from UW-Stout in instructional media technology.
She helped lead UW-Stout’s successful efforts to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2001 and has become an expert on continuous quality improvement, traveling the nation and the world to give presentations and hold workshops.

“This has been a great place to work. I think it’s one of the best campuses in the UW System. I’ll miss the campus and the people, but I’m ready for the next challenge,” said Furst-Bowe, who will oversee 14,400 students in her new job, about 5,000 more than UW-Stout’s enrollment.

Furst-Bowe played a key role in Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen’s push for more programs at UW-Stout. The university has more than doubled its undergraduate offerings to 45 under Sorensen.

“One of the strengths she brought to the job was program development,” Sorensen said. “Her job was to guide these through the Byzantine process of program approval here and at the UW System level, and that’s no easy task. She did a masterful job.”

Sorensen called Furst-Bowe an “intelligent problem-solver” and wished her the best in her new position.

Julie Furst-Bowe