Welcome New Dean of Fine Arts
Ken Risch was looking for a new challenge. Viterbo needed a dean for the School of Fine Arts.
In what seemed to be a perfect match, Risch accepted the position and moved to La Crosse in July. “It’s something I felt ready for,” he said. “And everyone needs new challenges to keep them passionate about their work.”
He spent the past six years as a tenured professor of theatre and department chair at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Risch describes himself as a “blue collar, practical minded person,” who is more comfortable doing something than discussing it. He has extensive experience in music theatre, music, and scene design, making him well rounded in the arts.
His goals for the School of Fine Arts include increasing its visibility throughout the Midwest and helping its various programs become more competitive in attracting talented students from throughout the country. He believes Viterbo can and should be a regionally recognized leader in arts education.