Scandal leads to dismissal of UW-La Crosse’s Chancellor Joe Gow

Scandal leads to dismissal of UW-La Crosse’s Chancellor Joe Gow

The intimate video of Joe Gow, the 10th Chancellor of UW-La Crosse, and his wife, Carmen Wilson, has stirred up quite a storm online. The video, featuring the couple’s private moments, has been circulated widely on multiple adult sites as well as social media platforms, resulting in the dismissal of Gow from his esteemed position.

Well-known in La Crosse’s community circles, Gow has been an active participant in various groups. His tenure as the University’s Chancellor commenced in February 2007. His writings on music and news have garnered attention, and he has also served as the President of the National Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. His contributions to the editorial board of the journal Popular Music and Society are noteworthy.


Gow’s academic journey includes leading the Communication Studies Program at Alfred University in Upstate New York from 1990 to 2001. His exceptional teaching skills earned him the Alfred University Excellence in Teaching Award thrice during this period.

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However, the recent scandal involving Gow and his wife, Carmen Wilson, has overshadowed his accolades. The couple’s explicit video, circulated on the OnlyFans account named Sexy Happy Couple, subsequently found its way to various adult sites and social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit. The video’s widespread circulation has shocked many, leading to its virality.

The intimate video showcased both Gow and Wilson clearly, and its promotion on Twitter by the couple has further fuelled its virality. It has been reported that the couple has created multiple such videos, sparking further controversy.

The scandal has piqued the interest of many, leading to a surge in searches related to Joe Gow. The couple’s private video, showcasing their intimate moments, is at the heart of this scandal. It seems that the couple has a history of making adult videos and posting them on OF and adult sites. They even authored a book in 2018, titled Married With Benefits: Our Real-life Adult Industry Adventures, shedding light on this aspect of their lives.

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The leak of the private footage on social media led to widespread criticism of Gow, culminating in his dismissal as University Chancellor on December 27, 2023. The UW System Board of Regents labelled Gow’s actions as abhorrent and disgusting, leading to his firing. University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman stated that Gow’s conduct had inflicted considerable damage on the university’s reputation.

Gow had earlier announced plans to step down in the spring and return to teaching as a tenured communications professor. However, the scandal has significantly tarnished his reputation, casting a shadow over his future endeavours.