Monthly Archives: November 2019

Assembly Democrats Urge Regent President to Add Governance Groups to Search Committee

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.

Mark Cook Bill Signed Into Law

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.

Governor Tony Evers with Ellen, Crague and Lynn Cook
Mark Cook Bill signing with Governor Tony Evers

PROFS Letter on Presidential Search Committee

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.

November Board of Regents Meeting

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 Centenoa graduate student in the School of Human Ecology and Jay Botsford, a program coordinator at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

November Legislative Update

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.