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For Immediate Release
Dec. 9, 2004

Contact: Doug Bradley
dbradley@uwsa.edu
(608) 262-5061

Statement on the Departure of UW-Whitewater Chancellor Jack Miller

Kevin P. Reilly, President

University of Wisconsin System

"It was announced today that the Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees is expected to name Jack Miller, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, as the 12th president of Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) during its regularly scheduled meeting this Friday.  While I applaud CCSU for its excellent judgment, I will miss the leadership, contributions, and friendship Chancellor Miller offered during his six years as head of UW-Whitewater.

"Jack Miller's departure is a loss for the UW System, the UW-Whitewater community, and the state of Wisconsin as a whole.  During his tenure, the percentage of new undergraduate multicultural students at UW-Whitewater has nearly doubled, and the numbers of multicultural faculty and academic staff have also increased.  He has also overseen the development of several major facilities, including a $28 million renovation of the Upham Hall science facility and the $14.5 million Kachel Field House addition.  Jack was also instrumental in initiating plans for a new College of Business and Economics, a project that has already generated more than $3 million in private support.

"Chancellor Miller was essential to coalescing the funding and development of UW-Whitewater's Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center, which was created in 2002 in direct response to UW-Whitewater undergraduates' request for better advising on campus.  Miller is also the chair of the Board of Governors of The Renaissance Group, a national organization of 37 universities devoted to training the next generation of educators.

"On behalf of the entire UW System, I thank Jack for his leadership, dedication and service and wish him well as he prepares for his presidency in Connecticut.  True to form, he has asked to remain at UW-Whitewater to see through commitments until the end of the current academic year.

"The Board of Regents will likely authorize a search for a new UW-Whitewater chancellor soon, and I will work with them and others on filling Jack's big shoes as best we can."

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