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The Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has chosen Dr. Karen Heikel as its new Assistant Vice Chancellor. Heikel assumes her new position Sept. 21.

Heikel comes to UW Oshkosh from Montana State University Billings (MSUB), where she served as the Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning since 2006.

“I’m delighted to be joining the Oshkosh community, and I’m look forward to working with faculty, staff, students and the greater population. Oshkosh is a community with a focus on learning, and the division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement provides outstanding opportunities for continuing education for all ages,” Heikel said.

During her time at MSUB, Heikel managed dual-credit programs for high school students and programs and classes for youth, educators and seniors. She also oversaw the planning and execution of conferences and events.

“Dr. Heikel’s experience in lifelong learning and continuing education is a perfect match for the mission and work already underway,” said Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Perry Rettig.

Rettig added, “She will provide renewed focus and leadership for our outreach efforts and will continue to improve our services to adult nontraditional students.”

Heikel received her Ed.D. in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She also has a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in education psychology, both from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

The Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement is dedicated to continuing education, online and hybrid degree programs, assistance for adult nontraditional students and community outreach. The division oversees the Office of Continuing Education and Extension, the Center for New Learning and the Adult Nontraditional Student Resource (ANSR) Office.

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