UW System Board of Regents President Andrew Petersen and Vice President Michael Grebe recently replied to the letter PROFS sent outlining concerns about the lack of faculty, staff and students on the UW System President Search and Screen Committee. Their reply is here.
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet at UW-Whitewater Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6. All meetings take place in the James R. Connor University Center, 228 Wyman Mall. Livestream coverage of the full board portions of the meeting is here.
Regents meet in committee Thursday morning:
- The Audit and Business and Finance Committees will meet jointly to discuss the annual external audit and the Legislative Audit Bureau Report on Personnel Systems Recommendations.
- The Audit Committee will hear a presentation on key risks in higher education and discuss the internal audit and internal controls and enterprise risk management.
- The Capital Planning and Budget Committee will hear a presentation from UW-Whitewater on deferred maintenance and consider several capital projects and lease agreements throughout UW System.
- The Research, Economic Development and Innovation Committee will preview the Regent Scholar Grant Program and hear presentations on transforming communities through data and high tech food production.
- The Business and Finance Committee will hear reports on compensation, faculty turnover, operational excellence and trust funds and consider several contractual agreements, including six at UW-Madison.
- The Education Committee will consider several new degree programs and hear reports on UW-Madison enrollment, the Wisconsin Partnership Program, and the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin.
The full board meets Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Thursday, UW System President Ray Cross and UW-Whitewater Chancellor Dwight Watson will speak before the board moves into closed session. Friday, the board will hear a report from Regent President Andrew Petersen, including updates on chancellor searches at UW-Green Bay and UW-Stout and the UW System president search.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty Senate voted unanimously yesterday to pass a resolution (below) objecting to the composition of the Search and Screen Committee for the new UW System President. The resolution also called for the Board of Regents to add faculty, staff and students to the committee. Similar resolutions have passed at every comprehensive and doctoral campus within UW System.
Regent President Andrew Petersen named members of the search committee in early November, drawing criticism from governance groups and legislators. The letter PROFS sent to Petersen urging him to include governance groups on the committee is here.
This legislative update was distributed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty Senate meeting today. The senate meets the first Monday of every month at 3:30 pm in Room 272 Bascom Hall during the academic year, October through May, except in January.
Twenty-two Democratic members of the State Assembly sent a letter to Andrew Petersen, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents President, last week urging him to add members to the Search and Screen Committee for the new President of UW System. The committee currently has no representation from faculty and staff and just one student, the non-traditional student Regent.
The letter-signers included every Madison area representative whose district is entirely or mostly in Dane County.
PROFS also contacted Petersen with serious concerns about the composition of the search committee. That letter is here.
Governor Tony Evers signed Assembly Bill 38 into law last Thursday, November 21. The legislation, named after the late UW-Madison Animal Science professor Mark Cook, streamlines the process by which University of Wisconsin faculty members can enter into research contracts involving the university and an organization with which the same faculty members are connected.
This bipartisan legislation was a top priority for PROFS and was the result of the work of the PROFS Entrepreneurial Work Group, which was led by Cook before his untimely passing.
UW System President Ray Cross said “This law will help accelerate the critical research UW System does to benefit Wisconsin and the world. We’re grateful to the Legislature and Gov. Evers for their bipartisan support of this new law.”
Thanks to Governor Evers for signing the bill and to Representatives Dave Murphy (R-Greenville) and Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) and Senators Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac) and Fred Risser (D-Madison) for authoring the bill.
PROFS sent the following letter to University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents President Andrew Petersen. PROFS is deeply concerned that the recently-named search committee does not include any faculty or staff members and urges Petersen to consider adding faculty and staff to the committee.
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet Thursday, November 7 in the Gordon Dining and Event Center 770 West Dayton Street. Livestream coverage of the full board portion of the meeting is here.
The Business and Finance Committee meets at 8:30 am. The committee will discuss several contractual agreements including three at UW-Madison involving American Family Insurance, Allergan, and Change Healthcare Technologies.
The full board meets in open session at 9 am. The board will hear updates on the UW-Green Bay and UW-Stout chancellor searches and the formal announcement of UW System President Ray Cross. Representatives from UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh will also discuss research endeavors and the UW Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project
The board will conclude its work with an afternoon closed session to discuss disciplinary decisions, personnel matters and potential litigation.
At 3 pm, UW System will recognize recipients of the Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards and the Dr. P.B. Poorman Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People at a public awards ceremony and reception. UW-Madison honorees are Mariela Victoria Quesada Centeno, a graduate student in the School of Human Ecology and Jay Botsford, a program coordinator at the School of Medicine and Public Health.
This legislative update was distributed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty Senate meeting yesterday. The senate meets the first Monday of every month at 3:30 pm in Room 272 Bascom Hall during the academic year, October through May, except in January.
University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced Friday he would retire after his successor is named by the UW System Board of Regents. Cross has served as president since 2014. He came to Wisconsin in 2011 when he was named chancellor University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin–Extension.
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