The University of Wisconsin announced Patrick Guilfoile ’82 will serve as UW-Stout’s interim chancellor starting this August. He has been serving as UW-Stout’s provost and vice chancellor since July 2015.
Guilfoile studied biology and outdoor education at Northland, then went on to earn a master of art in teaching in biology from UW-Eau Claire, a PhD in bacteriology from UW-Madison, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
After his postdoctoral work, he accepted a position at Bemidji State University and stayed there for more than twenty years as a faculty member, department chair, associate dean, and associate vice president of academic affairs.
Guilfoile says his undergraduate years played a transformational role in his professional life.
“One, it kindled an interest in learning that continues to the present,” he said. “Two, it inspired me to help others learn—initially in the form of my working as an outdoor educator, then a high school teacher, a faculty member, and ultimately a university administrator.”
PHOTO: Patrick and Audrey (Franz) ’82 at the Kearsarge Pass along the Pacific Crest Trail. The Northland couple hiked part of the trail last summer and plan to continue this summer.