Charles Sorensen

Board Member, CGCC Quality Board of Advisors


Dr. Charles W. Sorensen is Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  He has served as a teacher, historian, academic dean and academic vice president prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Stout staff in 1988 as the sixth person to head this century-old institution.  He holds a Ph.D. in History from Michigan State University and has over 25 years of experience as an administrator.

Dr. Sorensen promotes program development, distance education efforts, the use of technology in the classroom, private fundraising, and a strong quality program at UW-Stout.  Beginning in the fall of 2002, UW-Stout became the first public university in the state of Wisconsin to initiate a digital learning environment, requiring all new freshmen to lease a laptop.

Since coming to Wisconsin in 1988, Dr. Sorensen has been actively promoting economic development, developing partnerships with companies and corporations, and supporting a strong technology transfer program on the UW-Stout campus.  He has served on several statewide commissions studying the role of the University of Wisconsin System in identifying and solving workforce issues, technology initiatives and developing a climate to attract high technology businesses.  In 2002, Dr. Sorensen was appointed to a three-year term on the National Council for History Education.

UW-Stout was selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce for the prestigious 2001 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in the education category.

In October 2002, Dr. Sorensen received the Michigan State Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and also received the Eagle Management Leadership Award from the Wisconsin Technical College System in recognition of his leadership that has produced significant results for the WTCS.