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UW-Stout administrator killed in car accident at D and 25

By LeAnn R. Ralph

TOWN OF TAINTER — A 55-year-old Colfax woman was killed in a head-on collision with a semi-truck at the intersection of county Highway D and state Highway 25 June 19.

According to a news release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, the accident was reported at 7:56 a.m.

 Officers determined that the car had been traveling west on Highway D and had  pulled out in front of a north-bound semi-tractor-trailer unit on Highway 25.

The driver, identified as Hong Rost of rural Colfax, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the semi-truck was not injured, according to the sheriff’s department news release.

The University of Wisconsin-Stout issued a statement on Friday and identified Rost as the UW-Stout director of International Education.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to Hong’s family and friends,” said UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen.

“She was a tremendous advocate for UW-Stout on the international stage. But more than that, she was a true friend and valued colleague. Her loss will be felt throughout campus,” Chancellor Sorensen said.

“We are all grieving with Hong’s family and will do everything possible to help them during this difficult time,” said Jacalyn Weissenburger, provost and vice-chancellor for academic and student affairs.

“Hong worked tirelessly to bring more international students to UW-Stout and to develop more travel-abroad opportunities,” Weissenburger said.

“Her efforts have had immeasurable impact on scores of students and faculty at UW-Stout. Through her leadership, graduates are better prepared for careers in a globalized society,” she said.

Rost had been employed at UW-Stout for about four years. Prior to that, she served at UW-LaCrosse where she worked as the assistant director of the Office of International Education, according to the news release.

During the time Rost has been at UW-Stout, the number of international students increased from 152 in 2009 to 295 in 2013. During the 2012-2013 school year, UW-Stout had 289 students studying abroad, the release states.

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department immediately issued a news release about the accident on Thursday morning but did not immediately release the name of the deceased, pending notification of family members.

The sheriff’s department identified Hong Rost as the driver who was killed in a news release issued Friday morning.