The University of Wisconsin chancellor, who had previously compensated a porn star for speaking to students, was dismissed on December 27 after revelations that he produces and shares explicit content online with his wife. The Board of Regents for the Universities of Wisconsin unanimously voted to terminate Joe Gow, the longstanding UW-La Crosse Chancellor, citing his “abhorrent” behavior in a broadly stated announcement.
“In recent days, we learned of specific conduct by Dr. Gow that has subjected the university to significant reputational harm. His actions were abhorrent,” UW President Jay Rothman said in a statement.
Gow, La Crosse’s second-longest serving chancellor appears in various online porn videos with his wife, Carmen Wilson, using “Sexy Happy Couple” as their public account name.
Gow, the second-longest-serving chancellor in La Crosse, is featured in multiple explicit online videos alongside his wife, Carmen Wilson. They operate under the public account name “Sexy Happy Couple.”
The videos, occasionally featuring notable porn stars, are accessible on platforms such as OnlyFans and Pornhub.
Karen Walsh, President of UW System Regent, accused 63-year-old Gow of displaying a “reckless disregard for the role he was entrusted with.” Walsh further expressed alarm and disgust, stating that his actions were entirely inconsistent with his responsibilities as chancellor.
Due to the fact Gow is a tenured faculty member who has served as chancellor since he will be placed on paid administrative leave as he transitions into his faculty role.
However, Rothman said he filed a complaint Wednesday evening with interim Chancellor Betsy Morgan asking that Gow’s status as a tenured faculty member be reviewed.
An outside law firm has been hired “to undertake a fulsome investigation of the matter,” Rothman said.
In defense, the former chancellor claimed that although his face was shown in the videos, he never revealed any connections to his prestigious university position.
“There’s nothing said about the University of Wisconsin; there’s nothing said about the chancellor (on the videos),” Gow told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after his firing.
“So someone else would have to make those associations. And then someone would have to say those are problematic.”
He pointed out that no school funds were used to create the content, which explores consensual adult sexuality and falls within his right to free speech under the First Amendment, he said.
Gow also claimed he was not contacted ahead of the Wednesday meeting that fired him and questioned whether the board afforded him due process.
Earlier this month, Gow and his wife launched a YouTube cooking channel dubbed “Sexy Healthy Cooking” in which they invite adult porn stars to cook vegan meals occasionally ending with Gow and his wife walking suggestively offscreen with their guest.
Their X account directs their followers to view their OnlyFans sites “for fully explicit scenes