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Chancellor's Message


Dear  Friends,Joe Gow portrait

Over the course of its history, our institution's name has changed several times: La Crosse Normal School (1909); La Crosse State Teachers College (1927); Wisconsin State College, La Crosse (1951); Wisconsin State University- La Crosse (1964); and, ultimately, the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse (1971). But what hasn't changed through our first century of service is our commitment to providing  an outstanding educational experience to our students.

In my time here, I have been privileged to meet many amazing students and witness the transformations they experience while attending UW-L. It is clear to me that our outstanding reputation is built on the accomplishments of these students and the success they enjoy in the classroom and after graduation. Much of that success, I believe, is a result of the La Crosse Experience.

I have heard that phrase from so many students and alumni. They often reference the caring nature of our exceptional faculty and staff, the beauty of the region, and the sense of community on campus. Many universities claim to be special in their marketing efforts but I believe the La Crosse Experience truly is what makes us unique.

However, our students, both present and future, face significant challenges ahead. In particular, dramatic cuts in public funding have pushed a significant share of the cost of pursuing a college degree directly to students and their families. This is making it much more difficult for all students to attain the tremendous benefits of higher education experienced by previous generations. Our goal with the Share the La Crosse Experience Scholarship Campaign is to make sure that UW-L remains affordable and accessible.

Please join me in ensuring that our students will benefit from the tradition of the La Crosse Experience. Your support of our students is the greatest gift I can imagine and just another example of what makes this such a special place.

Sharing your pride in UW-L, 

Joe Gow

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