It was sad to learn that former University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP) Chancellor Phillip Marshall died recently. Marshall, who spent a decade leading the university, was a dignified man who operated quietly – pretty much how you might expect a scientist to act – he was a chemist. His leadership spanned most of the 1980s.
Retired Dean Justus Paul has chronicled Marshall’s time at UWSP, and Gene Kemmeter wrote a fitting obituary for him in the Gazette a few weeks ago. Both noted that Marshall was tireless in working to improve faculty salaries at UWSP, and that was among his legacies on campus – along with efforts to improve student writing and move UWSP into the computer age. Marshall and his wife, Helen, also were Pointer sports boosters.
Marshall appointed Howard Thoyre as provost and vice chancellor, and Thoyre remembers him as a well-respected man. Thoyre recalled that during Marshall’s entire tenure, state General Purpose Revenue funding declined more than the university was able to increase tuition. This put Marshall into a position where he had to make “difficult decisions on resource allocations” nearly every year.