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The new chancellor of UW-River Falls, Dean Van Galen, is a Wisconsin native who finds returning to the Midwest and a small town just the right fit. Van Galen takes over during a tumultuous period as Wisconsin budget deficits are affecting funding for all state universities. Photo by Phil Pfuehler

New UW-RF chancellor faces troubling times for higher education

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What a time to assume the leadership reigns at a Wisconsin university.

Your new $90-million operating budget must be slashed by $3.3 million (3.6 percent).

Two percent wage hikes for your nonunion staff and faculty are off the table, replaced by a two-year freeze.

Salary hikes for full professors are on hold.

And all campus employees will be expected to take furloughs -- eight unpaid days of leave in each of the next two years.

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