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Larry Ringgenberg

Specialty area(s)

University Centers, Student Development, organizational development.

Brief biography

PGP's He, Him, His


My life has been pretty much dedicated to higher education.I earned my bachelor degree from UW-Eau Claire where I was involved with student government.My master’s degree is from the University of Iowa.
I earned my doctorate from the University of Northern
Colorado (UNC), and I have been working and teaching at UW-La Crosse since 1985.

I have had the good fortune to
travel internationally through my positions at UW-La Crosse. These trips have included Australia and China, as the Student Affairs Administration faculty attempted to increase our impact internationally.  . I grew up in southern Wisconsin in the small town of Belleville , which is just south of Madison.
Growing up in Belleville fostered my interest in gardening and spending time outdoors,
I am married to Ingrid, who grew up in the Minneapolis
area.We have three children, all sixyears apart.Matt,our oldest, is a Finance Faculty member at the University of Utah,  Jessica, our oldest daughter, graduated from law school at the University of Minnesota and is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and. Kristin, our youngest, works for the La Crosse school district with high risk youth.

Current courses at UWL

I teach in the Student Affairs Administration program about twice a year. My favorite course to teach is the student development course.

My real job is expanding the learning environment for students to their lives outside the classroom and leading the staff of the Student Union.  Being part of the visioning, developing, and constructing the Student Union has been a significant career accomplishment for me. 

 We work to create educational opportunitities for students in their everyday lives. This learning occurs through a students involvement in student organizations, with their leadership experiences and sometimes in the life decisions they are making.


Ph.D. University of Northern Colorado, 1986
MA. University of Iowa, 1979
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1976

Professional history

Bemidiji State University-Coordinator of Student Development 1980-82
UW-La Crosse, Associate Director, 1985-1991
UW-La Crosse, Director of University Centers, 1991 to present