Yohnk Named Next CEO/Dean at UW-BC


Ne CEO/Dean Dr. Dean Yohnk
MADISON, Wis. – Ray Cross, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension, today announced that Dean Yohnkwill be the next campus executive officer and dean at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County in Rice Lake.

Yohnk currently is dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at UW-Parkside in Kenosha and previously was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on that campus. He also was a professor of theatre arts and chair of the UW-Parkside Theatre Arts Department. 

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the talented faculty and staff at UW-Barron County, who clearly are committed to providing a high quality educational experience to our students,” Yohnk said.  “I am also looking forward to getting to know our campus community and regional stakeholders. I’m eager to work with them to make Barron County and the entire region a better place to live and work. ” 

Dean Yohnk will begin serving in the new role December 1, 2013. He will succeed Paul Chase, who will retire at the end of 2013. A native of Ashland, Wis., Chase has been CEO/dean of UW-Barron County since August 1997. Prior to returning to Wisconsin, he had a 19-year career in administration at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook.

 “I am very pleased to appoint such a distinguished and experienced leader to take over at UW-Barron County,” Cross said. “Dean Yohnk brings both academic and administrative experience to his new assignment. I also want to recognize Paul Chase for his outstanding leadership of UW-Barron County for the past 16 years. He will be missed.”

Yohnk has a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in theatre arts from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English education and theatre arts education from Viterbo University in La Crosse. Additional information is included in the Curriculum Vitae (CV).

UW-Barron County was established in 1966. The 110-acre campus includes six buildings and serves 631 for-credit students and 1,137 continuing education students. There are 27 faculty members and instructional staff. Tuition and fees for two semesters are $5,304, the lowest tuition in the UW System. The campus is owned by Barron County and operated by the University of Wisconsin Colleges, an institution of the University of Wisconsin System comprised of 13 campuses and UW Colleges Online, that offers an Associate of Arts and Science degree and a single Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, and prepares students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs. 


Barb Lang