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June 11, 2004

University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
June 2004 Meeting
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Regents advance study seeking restoration of state support

MILWAUKEE—Members of the UW System Board of Regents agreed on the need to work throughout the coming year to implement actions suggested during the board's year-long study of the university's future, a report approved by the board at its meeting Friday (June 11) at UW- Milwaukee.

"This study can be a tool, but ultimately, the state needs to reinvest in public higher education," said Guy Gottschalk, the former regent president who headed up the regent study, titled "Charting a New Course for the UW System."

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Donald MashUW-Eau Claire Chancellor Donald Mash

The final report reflects a year of work and the input of hundreds of people who identified and assessed challenges to, and opportunities for, public higher education in Wisconsin.

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Donald Mash urged the board to consider the very real effects some of its recommendations could have as the university enters a budget cycle that could set priorities for years to come.

"We could consider this a crossroads with some difficult choices to make," Mash said. "Our budgets reflect an unmistakable trend. We are heading in a direction that is bad for this state. We have to talk about the fact that with modest investment, we can grow our enrollments."

Regent Danae Davis of Milwaukee encouraged the board and UW System staff to actively share the report and help the regents in their efforts to educate policymakers and the public about its contents so the report does not "just sit on a shelf."

Regent President Toby E. Marcovich of Superior said the regent committees could use the report as a guide over the next year.

Read the full report

Read the Charting resolution

Regents re-elect board leadership

The board voted unanimously Friday to re-elect Toby E. Marcovich of Superior as Regent President and David G. Walsh of Madison as Vice President.

Regent Mark Bradley of Wausau noted that, given pressing matters before the board, including searches for chancellors and a new UW System president and the upcoming 2005-07 biennial budget, the university would be best served by continuity in leadership.

Following the vote, Marcovich thanked the board members for their continued support.

"I hope I can justify it in this next year, which is going to be very difficult for all of us," he said.

Marcovich, chair of the Regents' Executive Committee, was first elected president in June 2003. Nominated by former Gov. Tommy Thompson, he began his service as a UW regent in 1997 and previously served as chair of the Regents' Business and Finance and Personnel Review committees.

A partner in the Marcovich, Cochrane, Milliken & Swanson law firm in Superior, Marcovich is a current member of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association and the American Academy of Trial Lawyers. Marcovich earned his bachelor's degree in economics and law degree from UW-Madison.

Walsh was appointed to the Board of Regents in April 2003. He serves as chair of the search committee for a new UW System president, as vice chair of the Business and Finance Committee and also is a member of the Personnel Matters Review Committee.

Regent Fred E. MohsRegent Fred E. Mohs

Regents honor Mohs, chancellors for service to university

The board on Friday thanked several outgoing officers for their service and dedication to the UW System.

Regent David Walsh introduced a commendation from Gov. Jim Doyle honoring Fred Mohs, a regent known for his arguments against affirmative action in admission policies, and who Walsh said "took the road less traveled" in his approach to debate as a member of the board.

"I admire his energy, but more important, I admire his commitment to the University of Wisconsin System and to what he thought was right," Walsh said.

UWM Interim Chancellor Bob GreenstreetUWM Interim Chancellor Bob Greenstreet

Regent Guy Gottschalk presented a resolution in Mohs' honor on behalf of the board, noting Regent Mohs' high integrity, character, and appreciation of a good debate.

"With Fred, it's always the issue, never the personality," Gottschalk said.

Mohs thanked the board for the honors, and explained his motive for bringing controversial topics up for discussion.

"When there was open debate, ideas were pushed forward and developed, even when consensus wasn't reached," Mohs said. "You are good people, you've worked hard, and I have total confidence that you will carry this university forward and will succeed."

Regent Marcovich said Mohs had been one of the board's greatest assets. "He made us all think very hard."

UW-Stevens Point Interim Chancellor Virginia HelmUW-Stevens Point Interim Chancellor Virginia Helm

UW-River Falls Interim Chancellor Virginia CoombsUW-River Falls Interim Chancellor Virginia Coombs

UW System Assistant Vice President Nancy IvesUW System Assistant Vice President Nancy Ives

Marcovich also noted that two new regent designees, Milt McPike and Mike Falbo, were in attendance Friday.

Regent Jose Olivieri of Milwaukee presented a resolution thanking Bob Greenstreet for his service as interim chancellor at UWM for the past year.

"Bob is a star on campus, and he's a star in our city," Olivieri said of Greenstreet, who has accepted an appointment as city architect and planner for the city of Milwaukee and will continue to serve as dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. "He will be with us for a long time."

Regent Roger Axtell presented a resolution of appreciation to Virginia Helm, who recently completed her service as interim chancellor at UW-Stevens Point, and Regent Gerard Randall of Milwaukee presented a similar resolution to Virginia Coombs, who served as interim chancellor at UW-River Falls.

"Our two Virginias have more than ably accepted our calls," Randall said.

Retiring Assistant Vice President for Capital Budget Nancy Ives accepted a resolution of appreciation from Regent Gregory Gracz of Milwaukee, who praised Ives' work for the UW System over the past 18 years, working on and more recently, heading up the university's capital building program.

In accepting the regents' thanks, an emotional Ives said she appreciated the sincere commitment by board members through the years to the university's physical assets which make possible its educational functions. Marcovich noted that Ives, "will be a tough act to follow."

UWM chancellors assess university's past and future

With a glance to the past and an eye toward the future, UW-Milwaukee's chancellors on Thursday addressed the UW System Board of Regents during a full board session.

UW System President Katharine C. Lyall introduced Interim Chancellor Bob Greenstreet and Incoming Chancellor Carlos Santiago, who are a month away from the official transfer of campus authority and chose to jointly address the Regents during the board's annual visit to the Milwaukee campus.

Greenstreet related how there was initial doubt expressed in the community whether UW-Milwaukee could continue its progressive agenda when Chancellor Nancy Zimpher resigned in July 2003 to take the presidency of the University of Cincinnati. That doubt was squelched, he said, listing many of the accomplishments made by the university in the subsequent months, including increasing enrollment, further progress in Black and Gold Committee initiatives to advance the student experience, improved fundraising, continued expansion in research dollars received, and growth of school pride and spirit.

"That spirit was obvious when our basketball team played on national television this year and won the Horizon League for the first time in their history," Greenstreet said. "When you see grown men, stripped to the waist, painted black and gold, screaming for their alma mater, you know that that elusive campus spirit is starting to build.

Bob Greenstreet

Incoming UWM Chancellor Carlos SantiagoIncoming UWM Chancellor Carlos Santiago

"It's a sight I won't soon forget-at least without medication. And I've instructed our deans of business and engineering to stop that in the future," Greenstreet joked.

Santiago picked up on themes shared by Greenstreet, and made it clear that access and quality are ideals that will be further supported when he officially starts as chancellor on July 15.

"It should not come as a surprise that much of what we will accomplish will be focused around the theme "Access to Quality," Santiago said. "What this seemingly simple phrase suggests is that higher education, particularly public higher education, is fundamentally transformative, both for the individual and the collective community."

Later in his comments, Dr. Santiago furthered expanded on this issue: "But, access is not sufficient. We cannot have access unless it is to quality.

" 'Quality' refers first and foremost to national institutional reputation, exceptional degree programs, and excellent research," he said.

With this in mind, Santiago said UWM must provide:

  • Access for a diverse student population to exceptional academic programs;
  • Access for the community to a rich array of intellectual and cultural programs;
  • Access for the business community to research, services, and workforce preparation to further economic development in southeastern Wisconsin; and
  • Access for government to quality research and innovation to further state needs.
  • Santiago also reiterated the university's commitment to the Milwaukee community, saying the future of this city is inextricably linked with UWM and that success for these entities is interdependent.

--Brad Stratton

Regent Danae Davis and Regent Jesus Salas Regent Danae Davis laughs as Regent Jesus Salas presents a resolution thanking UWM for hosting the June 2004 meeting.

Later in the meeting, Regent Jesus Salas of Milwaukee presented a resolution thanking UWM for hosting the June meetings on campus.

Read Lyall's full remarks

Read remarks from Chancellors Santiago and Greenstreet

Read the UWM resolution

Regents approve construction projects, new programs

The Board of Regents unanimously approved several resolutions presented by committees Friday with little discussion.

An exception was a resolution from the Physical Planning and Funding Committee on the North Park Street Development in Madison. Although the authorization of the proposed residence hall/office space/parking development was approved, Regent Gerard Randall of Milwaukee voted against the resolution

The campus was seeking permission to lease the property from the developer during construction with an option to purchase it by 2006, when the project is set to be completed.

Randall cited concerns about the potential cost of the development. Other regents noted the need for affordable housing for students in supporting the resolution.

In addition to approving the North Park Street development proposal, the full Board of Regents approved resolutions from committees to:

  • Convey land from UW-Green Bay's arboretum to the state Department of Transportation to improve road safety conditions at the main south entrance to the campus.
  • Lease space at the Newman Center at UW-Oshkosh from the UW-Oshkosh Foundation to centrally locate multicultural student services.
  • Create a biochemistry spectrometer laboratory by remodeling a vacant suite in the basement of the UW-Madison Biochemistry Building.
  • Expand the campus boundary at UW-Stout;
  • Construct program revenue maintenance projects through UW System; and
  • Construct classroom renovation/IT improvement and expansion of program capacity at UW System.
  • Accept a proffer from the Trustees of the William F. Vilas Trust estate for support of scholarships, fellowships, professorships, and special programs in arts and humanities, social sciences and music;
  • Accept the report on promotions, tenure designations and related academic approval items;
  • Establish a B.S. in Management Information Systems, UW-Parkside;
  • Establish a B.A. in Digital Arts, UW-Parkside;
  • Establish an M.S. in Occupational Therapy, UW-Madison;
  • Establish a B.A. in Women's Studies, UW-Milwaukee;
  • Establish an M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering, UW-Stout; and
  • Approve the appointment of Dennis Yockers, associate professor of environmental education at UW-Stevens Point to the Natural Areas Preservation Council. The also Education Committee agreed to schedule a second reading of a proposal to establish a doctoral program in medical informatics at UW-Milwaukee in collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin.
  • Change the terms of the Sherman Property Trust Fund to allow UW-Waukesha to use the interest income for three $1,000 scholarships for students at the Biological Field Station.
  • Correct language in Regent Policy Documents.
  • Approve adjusting base salaries for senior executives by 1 percent plus $209, effective July 1, 2004. This was the same increase approved by the Joint Committee on Employee Relations for all UW employees.
  • Cancel the July full board meeting. The Business and Finance Committee is expected to meet sometime during the month.

Also in closed session, the board approved a resolution to:

  • Appoint Paula T. Langteau as dean at UW-Marinette, effective August 1, 2004, at an annual salary rate of $92,000.

--Kathy Quirk


The Board of Regents will next meet August 19 and 20, 2004, on the UW-Madison campus.

The UWM Office of University Communications and Media Relations contributed to this report.