Month: December 2013

UW System President Search Committee Update

uw system logoThe University of Wisconsin System President search and screen committee met yesterday and is meeting again today, December 19 and 20, to discuss candidates to replace outgoing President Kevin Reilly.

PROFS Steering Committee member Sue Babcock is the only UW-Madison faculty member on the committee, which is comprised of regents, former regents, and UW System faculty, staff, and students.

The committee will narrow its selection to five or more candidates and forward those names to the UW System Regent selection committee later today. Names of the finalists are expected to be released January 2.

Legislative Update

winter capitolAssembly Special Election  Republican Ken Skowronski of Franklin easily defeated Democrat John Hermes of of Greendale yesterday to fill a vacant seat in the 82nd Assembly District. Former Representative Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) resigned in October to become an administrator for the Public Service Commission. Republicans now have a 60-39 majority in the Assembly.

Bills Signed into Law  Governor Scott Walker signed nearly 50 bills into law last week, including one that will require an additional year of science and math credits for state high school students and one that allows closure of managed forest land that contain a proposed mine site.

Bills signed on December 12 are here and bills signed on December 13 are here. The governor has not indicated if he will sign the controversial race-based mascot bill. The bill was sent to the governor on December 12 and automatically becomes law if no action is taken within six days.

2014 Elections  Democratic State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) has not said if she will challenge Mary Burke of Madison for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Vinehout was injured in a car accident last week while driving to an event in Racine and is recovering from surgery.

State Senator Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) has not decided if he will run for re-election. Representative Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) said in April he will challenge Schultz for the nomination. Schultz has voted with Democrats on several key pieces of legislation, including collective bargaining rights for public employees and mining legislation.

State Senator Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) announced he will run for Attorney General. Several Democrats have declared their candidacy for the senate seat, including Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Dan Adams; Jonathan Brostoff, a former aide to Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee); Milwaukee County Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic; and Sara Geenen, a Milwaukee labor lawyer.

State Representative Janet Bewley (D-Ashland) launched her campaign for State Senate in the 25th District this week. State Senator Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) announced earlier this year he will not run for re-election after serving the district for 28 years.

State Senator Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) also said earlier this year he will not run for re-election, leaving that seat open. No candidates have declared their intention to run.

State Senator John Lehman (D-Racine) announced last month that he will run for Lieutenant Governor in 2014, leaving his seat open. Lehman was first elected to the senate in 2006, but was defeated by Republican Van Wangaard in 2010. Lehman defeated Wangaard in a 2012 recall election. The district, however, has become more Republican as a result of redistricting.

Kiplinger: UW-Madison 8th Best Value Among Public Universities

UW-Madison ranks eighth among public universities according to Kiplinger Magazine’s most recent rankings of colleges and universities, up two place from last year. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill ranked first. Sixth-ranked University of Michigan was the only Big Ten school ranked higher than UW-Madison.

Kiplinger cites access to political jobs in the capitol and numerous tech start-ups as a reason why students choose to attend UW-Madison. The magazine also notes that the average cost for in-state students after need-based aid is applied fell by more than $800 this year.

Regent Meeting Update

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents met in Madison last Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6. Governor Scott Walker addressed the full board Thursday afternoon. Walker told the Regents that he continues to support plans to offer the…

December Regent Meeting

uw system logoThe University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet in Madison Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6.

Regent committees will meet Thursday morning and Governor Scott Walker will address the full board Thursday afternoon. Outgoing UW System President Kevin Reilly will address the board one last time Friday morning.

Education Committee: The committee will consider a request from UW-Platteville to reorganize its Department of Business and Accounting into a School of Business and discuss the UW-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health Wisconsin Partnership Program.

UW System Senior Vice President Mark Nook will also deliver a report on faculty workload, quality of education and compensation (no materials provided).

Business and Finance Committee: The committee hear reports on recent faculty turnover and salary adjustment plans that address inequity and competitive factors. About one-third of faculty and staff at UW-Madison received this type of salary increase over the past two years.

The committee will also discuss the UW System proposal for the distribution of tuition and fee revenue and and state general purpose revenue. The legislature directed UW System to develop a plan after the controversy over budget reserves erupted last spring.

Research, Economic Development, and Innovation Committee: The committee will hear an update on the Incentive Grant Program, the distribution of $22.5 million in grants throughout UW System.

The UW System President search and screen committee will meet in closed session Friday afternoon interview semi-finalist candidates. PROFS Steering Committee member Sue Babcock represents UW-Madison on the committee.


PROFS to Present Annual Report to Faculty Senate

Basc_window_Capitol06_0261PROFS president Bill Tracy will present the PROFS Annual Report for 2012-13 to the Faculty Senate today, Monday, December 2. The senate meets in Room 272 Bascom Hall at 3:30 pm. A full agenda of the meeting is here.

Faculty senators and visitors are invited to join PROFS for refreshments in the rotunda area outside Room 272 Bascom Hall beginning at 3 pm.