Julius Erlenbach Says Goodbye to UWS

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated May 28, 2010 at 8:00 AM CDT

As a child Julius Erlenbach never dreamed he would one day become the head of a major university.

Erlenbach instead, planned on becoming a musician.

Through his childhood he studied music and pursued his goal.

"I basically became a jobber, a freelance musician for a number of years," says Erlenbach.

But Julius found that he wasn't cut out for living a musician's lifestyle... and that's when he decided to make a career change.

"I finally made the determination then that it was time to go back to school and maybe finish up my doctoral work," says Erlenbach.

After receiving his doctorate Julius got a position with the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, teaching music.

It wasn't long until his obvious leadership led the university to ask him to step in as interim chair of the University's music department.

"The Dean calls and says I think you need to think very seriously about this because the department is going to need your leadership and your capabilities of leadership," says Erlenbach.

From there Dr. Erlenbach moved on to play key administrative roles at Drake University and the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.

With several years of solid academic leadership under his belt Erlenbach began to consider other job offers.

He strongly believes he made the right choice by accepting the top position at the University of Wisconsin Superior.

"I made the determination to stay in Wisconsin and come here because I felt that I could have a perhaps a larger affect, a larger impact," says Erlenbach.

After 14 years at UWS... Chancellor Erlenbach says he is proud of the positive strides the college has made... but believes its time to step down and let someone else carry the torch.

"I'm really comfortable with where we are today. I'm delighted with the progress we have made over this 14 year period and it's just time. It feels right," says Erlenbach.

Dr. Erlenbach's retirement plans include traveling and spending time with his family.

His last day will be August first.

Chris Markwood, current Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs will be taking over as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Superior.