February 1, 2019

Ernest J. Korpela named an Outstanding Alumnus of UW-Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the university’s Alumni Association has named 25 Outstanding Alumni. In this group of notable graduates and students is Ernest J. Korpela of Cornucopia, Wisconsin.       

Korpela, who earned his bachelor’s degree at UW-Superior in 1959, served as superintendent of schools at Solon Springs and Washburn. In 1968, he was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly, serving two terms. Subsequently he became state director for the Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission. From 1981 to 1994 Korpela was administrator of Cooperative Educational Service Agency #12, directing services for school districts across northern Wisconsin. In retirement, he served as interim superintendent of schools for Bayfield and Superior. More recently, Korpela, was active in formation of the Swenson Forest Preserve in Cornucopia.     

Korpela and his fellow new inductees were added to the roll of Outstanding Alumni created in 1993 for the UW-Superior Centennial. Bios for the 25 Outstanding Alumni and a full listing of the original 100 may be viewed at uwsuper.edu/125Alumni.

The Alumni Association, with a history of more than 100 years, fosters lifelong pride and loyalty among alumni, students and friends of UW-Superior. During the anniversary year, the association is sponsoring a series of Alumni Forums on the university’s history and roles, and the publication of a commemorative anniversary book. More information about the university and Alumni Association’s anniversary activities is available at uwsuper.edu/125 and uwsuper.edu/alumni.




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