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Retiring from his work at UWRF, Potts can look way, way back

Glenn Potts is finishing his last year as dean of the UW-River Falls College of Business and Economics. He is set to retire this month, but he adds that his ties to the university and city will remain strong. (River Falls Journal photo by Gretta Stark)

After so many years and so many milestones with the same employer, it was not an easy decision.

But UW-River Falls College of Business and Economics Dean Glenn Potts has decided to retire after spending his entire 38-year career in education at UWRF.

Potts, originally from Northeast Illinois just south of Chicago, came to UWRF in 1976 immediately after receiving his doctorate in economics from Iowa State University in Ames.

It was his first full time university job. He’d planned to move on after a few years.

Potts interviewed for other jobs, and was even offered some, but always ended up staying at UWRF. He’s glad he stayed.

“Everybody can look back at a career and identify a few things you’d do differently, but (staying at UWRF) was the right decision,” he said. ”I’m proud of this university, this community, and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to make some difference in the academic programs and the education of the students and in our community, so it’s a good place to live and work.”

“The longer I’ve been here, the greater my appreciation for the quality of the economics programs here, and that’s true across the university,” Potts said. “I’m proud of what we have accomplished in the college of business and economics as an AACSB accredited program.”

The AACSB (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business) is an international accrediting society for business programs. Less than 5% of the world’ business programs qualify for AACSB Accreditation, according to Potts. UWRF is one of just three AACSB accredited universities in the Twin Cities area.

Potts is proud to have been a big part of getting UWRF accredited by the AACSB. He is also very proud of helping start the college’s new Center for Innovation and Business Development, which operates out of the River Falls Municipal Utility Power Plant and connects regional companies with help from college resources.

Potts was part of the committee that created the CIBD.

“I was fortunate enough to be able to put something together that allowed us to create this,” Potts said. “I think that it’s going to make a truly important difference in the connection for the business community to the university.”

A reception to honor Potts will be held from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in the UWRF South Hall alumni room.

For the complete story, please see the May 8 print edition of the River Falls Journal. 

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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