Westminster Picks Wisconsin Chancellor As 17th President

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Westminster College trustees have selected Brian Levin-Stankevich, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, to be the 17th president of Salt Lake City’s small private liberal arts school.

Some 60 candidates from around the country applied to succeed Michael Bassis, who retires July 15, and all three external finalists are leading administrators at much larger public universities. After interviewing them and Westminster provost James Seidelman on Friday, the trustees settled on Levin-Stankevich, a scholar of Russian history.

"The college community can be proud that this search attracted so many high quality candidates from across the country," said chairman Bob Frankenberg in a prepared statement. "Dr. Levin-Stankevich has an outstanding record of achievement, and is committed to building on the college’s reputation as a national leader in education."

Previously Levin-Stankevich, who earned his doctorate at the State University of New York at Buffalo, was interim president at Eastern Washington University. Since 2006, he has led Eau Claire, one of 13 four-year campuses in the Wisconsin university system, with more 11,000 students, or about four times Westminster’s population.

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