University of Wisconsin system fires chancellor for reputation-damaging behavior

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Universities of Wisconsin Board of Regents decided unanimously Wednesday to fire the chancellor of one of its campuses for unspecified behavior that could damage the school system’s reputation.

Joe Gow was fired from his position as chancellor of UW-La Crosse effective immediately, the university announced Wednesday night.

“In recent days, we learned of specific conduct by Dr. Gow that has subjected the university to significant reputational harm. His actions were abhorrent,” UW President Jay Rothman said.

As a tenured faculty member, Gow will be placed on paid administrative leave as he transitions into his faculty role, Rothman said.

However, Rothman said he filed a complaint Wednesday evening with interim Chancellor Betsy Morgan asking that Gow’s status as a tenured faculty member be reviewed.

An outside law firm has been hired “to undertake a fulsome investigation of the matter,” Rothman said.

An email seeking comment was sent to Gow.

UW System Regent President Karen Walsh released a statement saying “Gow has shown a reckless disregard for the role he was entrusted with at UW-La Crosse to serve students, faculty and staff, and the campus community.”


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