The University of Wisconsin system paid a former chancellor $ 135,000 for “community building and outreach” in north-central Wisconsin through a contract that lacked details of the work to be done.
Bob Meyer, who retired as Chancellor of UW-Stout in August 2019, worked as a system consultant from late 2019 to March 2021, under a contract obtained under the Public Archives Act of the State. Former system chairman Ray Cross hired him at 40% of his chancellor’s salary, or about $ 8,445 per month.
While the contract is light on details, Meyer said he oversaw the development of a new academic program involving two UW campuses and a technical college.
The majority of Meyer’s contract was in place during the pandemic, which hit UW campuses hard, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, thousands of employees on leave and countless layoffs, including at Stout and System.
The project arose out of the shortage of manufacturing employees in Wausau, Meyer said. With a new program that could launch as early as this fall, students will take classes at UW-Stout, Northcentral Technical College and UW-Stevens Point, which oversees UW-Stevens Point on the campus of branch in Wausau, and eventually earn a degree in manufacturing engineering. de Stout, located in Menomonie.
An evaluation by an outside group indicated “a substantial need” for such programs in the Wausau region, he said. Projections show that enrollments are strong and sustained, and that graduates’ starting salaries would be between $ 75,000 and $ 90,000.