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August Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet in Green Bay on Thursday and Friday, August 18 and 19. The meeting will be held in the UW-Green Bay University Union and livestreamed via Webex.

Regents will meet in committee Thursday morning:

  • The Business & Finance Committee will hear several reports and presentations, including one from UW-Green Bay on investing in access and student success. The committee will also discuss the 2023-25 biennial budget request which includes funding for 4% employee pay increases in each year of the biennium, a 4% increase in general operation funding, and funding for the Wisconsin Tuition Promise.
  • The Education Committee will discuss the benefit and challenges of direct admissions, hear a presentation from UW-Green Bay on how the university thinks differently about higher education, and consider approval of three new degree programs at UW-Green Bay (Master of Public Administration), UW-Madison (Master of Science in Engineering Management), and UW-Parkside (Master of Science in Physician Assistant).
  • The Audit Committee will discuss several topics related to internal audits and compliance and hear UW-Green Bay’s Annual Division I Athletics Report.
  • The Capital Planning & Budget Committee will hear a report on UW-Green Bay and consider approval of the 2023-25 capital budget request.The capital budget request focuses on repairing aging facilities, modernizing learning environments, removing obsolete facilities, expanding STEM and health sciences education, and promoting improved planning. UW-Madison projects included in the 2023-25 capital budget request include a new Engineering building, relocation of the Art Department, replacement of the Camp Randall Sports Center (The Shell), and several smaller projects.

The full board will meet Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

Thursday’s agenda includes updates from UW System President Jay Rothman and Board of Regents President Karen Walsh, presentations on affordability and how student aid can improve talent development and the number of college graduates in the state. The board will also vote on the 2023-25 biennial and capital budgets.

On Friday, the board will review and consider approval of committee work and have panel discussions on advising and talent engagement and workforce readiness in northeastern Wisconsin.

June Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet in Milwaukee on Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10. The meeting will be held in UW-Milwaukee’s Zelazo Center, 2419 Kenwood Blvd. A livestream of the open portions of the meeting is available by registering here.

Regents meet in committee Thursday morning:

  • The Audit Committee will discuss several items including the 2022 and 2023 Audit plans and the UW System Administration Fiscal Misconduct Policy and Procedures document. The committee will also hear an update from the Chief Compliance Officer.
  • The Capital Planning and Budget Committee will discuss several real estate transactions and construction projects, including the sale of parking adjacent to the UW Foundation Building and renovation projects at the Elvehjem Building and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Building. The committee will also hear a presentation from UW-Milwaukee and an update on the 2023-29 Capital Plan.
  • The Research, Economic Development and Innovation Committee will hear from about innovative partnerships from UW-Milwaukee and strategic visioning from UW-Stout, UW System’s polytechnic university.
  • The Business and Finance Committee will hear an update on the financial impact of Covid-19 and consider ten agreements, including four at UW-Madison.
  • The Education Committee will consider approval of renaming UW-Milwaukee’s College of Business, new degree programs at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, and UW-Whitewater and liberal arts transfer programs with Southwest Technical College and Chippewa Valley Technical College. The committee will also hear a report on meeting students’ basic needs.

The full board meets Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. On Thursday afternoon, the Regents will hear updates from UW System President Jay Rothman and Regent President Edmund Manydeeds, a presentation on expanding UW-Milwaukee’s impact from Chancellor Mark Mone, and a presentation on the value of a college degree. The board will also discuss the 2022-23 Annual Operating Budget, including tuition and fees. The proposal includes continuing the in-state undergraduate tuition freeze that has been in place since 2013.

On Friday, the board will hear UW-Milwaukee’s Annual NCAA Division I Athletics Report and recognize the recipients of the 2022 Academic Staff Excellence Awards.

 

PROFS Statement on Selection of UCLA Law School Dean Jennifer Mnookin as UW-Madison Chancellor

Jennifer Mnookin

Yesterday, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents announced they had unanimously selected UCLA Law School Dean Jennifer Mnookin as the next UW-Madison chancellor. Mnookin will begin in August and Provost John Karl Scholz will serve as interim chancellor after Chancellor Rebecca Blank steps down at the end of the month.

PROFS’ statement on the selection is below.

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PROFS/ASPRO Legislative Forum Video

PROFS and ASPRO co-hosted an in-person panel discussion on the recently-completed 2021-22 Legislative Session. The April 28 panel discussed implications of the session for the university and looked forward to what may happen after the 2022 elections, including what UW-Madison needs from the state to remain a top public research university.

The panel:

Jessie Opoien, Cap Times Capitol Bureau Chief moderated.

February Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet in Madison on Thursday and Friday, February 10 and 11. UW-Madison is hosting the meeting, which will be held in Union South’s Varsity Hall, 1308 West Dayton Street. Registration for the Webex videoconference of the meeting is here.

Regents are invited to a site visit and reception at the College of Engineering Wednesday evening. Regent business will not be conducted during this informational visit. A new building on the Engineering campus is top priority of UW-Madison, and Governor Tony Evers recently signed bipartisan legislation providing $1 million to plan and design the building.

Regents begin the two-day meeting with committee work on Thursday morning:

The Audit Committee will discuss several reports and consider a new policy relating to youth programs on UW System campuses.

The Capital Planning and Budget Committee will hear a presentation by UW-Madison on future facilities planning and consider granting authority for UW-Madison to sell two parcels of land to University Research Park and design and renovate two lab spaces.

The Research, Economic Development and Innovation Committee will hear a report from UW-Madison on recent biotechnology research and discuss corporate research and clinical trial contracting processes.

The Business and Finance Committee will hear a report from UW-Madison on strategic investments and consider approval of several agreements at UW-Madison and UW System. They will also hear updates on the budget and gifts, grants, and contracts.

The Education Committee will consider approval of a realignment of academic units at UW-Milwaukee, a transfer agreement between UW-Stevens Point and North Central Technical College, and ten new degree programs, including three at UW-Madison. Committee members will also discuss a change to the class audit policy and application fees waivers and reductions. UW-Madison will also host a presentation on student academic success.

The full board meeting Thursday afternoon includes updates from Regent President Edmund Manydeeds and a presentation from UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank. The Regents will move into closed session to discuss compensation agreements for three UW-Madison football coaches, an employee who earns more than 75% of the UW System President’s salary, and UW System chancellors and president. The Regents will also discuss crime prevention and detection strategies.

On Friday, the Regents will hear an update from outgoing UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson. Thompson has served as interim president since June 2020 and will step down March 18. Last month, Regents named Milwaukee attorney Jay Rothman as UW System President. Rothman begins his duties June 1 and former Regent President Michael Falbo will serve as interim president from March 18 until Rothman takes office.

The Regents have cancelled their one-day meeting on March 10.

 

 

 

December Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet in Madison on Thursday and Friday, December 9 and 10. The meeting will be held in the Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 West Dayton Street. Webex coverage of the meeting is also available by registering here.

Regents are meeting in committee Thursday morning:

The Business and Finance Committee has many agenda items that relate to UW-Madison — a proposal to increase out-of-state tuition rates by 2%, generating an additional $8 million for the university; the approval of several agreements and contracts; the annual faculty turnover report; and a presentation that outlines a possible real estate strategy that would benefit the university economically.

The Education Committee will hear several reports, consider approval of 4 new degree programs at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point and UW-River Falls, and discuss extending the temporary suspension of the requirement for ACT or SAT requirements for admission to UW System institutions through 2024-25,

The Audit Committee will hear several updates and reports on compliance and annual audits.

The Capital Planning & Budget Committee will consider granting approval to plan or revise several building projects, including the new Data Sciences and Engineering buildings. The committee will also hear a number of reports, including a presentation on UW-Madison’s proposed real estate strategy for future economic growth for the institution (mentioned above).

The Research, Economic Development & Innovation Committee will hear updates on UW-Madison’s biotechnology research and university-industry partnerships that could grow Midwestern technology hubs.

The full board will meet at 1 pm Thursday. Regent President Ed Manydeeds will provide an update on the UW System Presidential search and the UW-Madison Chancellor search. UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson will also provide an update on winter commencement and legislative and staffing issues before the board moves into closed session.

The board will meet at 8:45 am Friday morning and vote on committee action from Thursday. The board will also recognize the service of Regent Emerita Olivia Woodmansee. An optional closed session rounds out the agenda.

 

UW-Madison Chancellor Search Committee Named

Last week, University of Wisconsin Board of Regents President Ed Manydeeds announced the UW-Madison Chancellor Search Committee. The 21-member committee will be chaired by Regent Vice President Karen Walsh, and Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Susan Hagness will serve as vice chair. In addition to Hagness, the committee includes Professors Jon Eckhardt (Business), Adena Rissman (Forest & Wildlife Ecology), Ananth Seshadri (Economics) and Anja Wanner (English).

Last month, the Regents voted to approve changes to Regent Policy Document 6.4, which outlines President and Chancellor searches. PROFS worked with UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson and the Regents, and successfully advocated for the changes which allows for greater representation of shared governance groups on search committees.

The full committee:

  • Chair Karen Walsh, Regent
  • Vice-Chair Susan Hagness, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Amy Blumenfeld Bogost, Regent
  • Jon Eckhardt, Associate Professor, School of Business
  • Ndemazea Fonkem, Student
  • Gail Ford, Director, PEOPLE Program, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement
  • Robert Golden, Dean, School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Luis Gonzalez-Quizhpe, Student
  • Erik Iverson, Chief Executive Officer, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
  • Mike Jones, Regent
  • Tracey L. Klein, Regent
  • Aerin Leigh Lammers, Student
  • Edmund Manydeeds III, Regent President
  • John W. Miller, Regent
  • Adena Rissman, Professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
  • Ananth Seshadri, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Economics
  • Jack Salzwedel, Community Representative
  • Mike Shannon, Community Representative
  • Samantha Skenandore, Community Representative
  • Lisa Walters, Administrative Manager, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
  • Anja Wanner, Professor and Department Chair, Department of English

November Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet at UW-Madison’s Gordon Dining and Event Center on Thursday, November 4. Registration for the Webex videoconference stream of the meeting is here.

The Business and Finance Committee will meet at 8:15 am to discuss three clinical trial agreements and one research agreement at UW-Madison.

The full board meeting will begin at 8:45 am and the board will hear updates from Board of Regents President Edmund Manydeeds and UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson and reports on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and freedom of expression compliance.

The board will also consider changes to Regent Policy Document 6.4, “Selection Process for System President, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors and UW System Senior Leadership Positions” (below). PROFS has strongly advocated for changes to the policy which was changed in 2017 under the leadership of Board President John Behling. The changes approved four years ago limited executive search committees to ten members, including five Regents. PROFS was opposed to the changes and supported a return to search committees that honor the principles of shared governance.

The current policy says that search and screen committees include “five non-Regent members… to include two faculty, one staff representative from the institution, one student, and one community and/or alumni member.” The proposed new policy will say the committees include “at least five non-Regent members of the university committee to include at least: two faculty, one staff representative from the institution, one student, and one community and/or alumni member.”

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October Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents is meeting at UW-Oskhosh today and tomorrow. Registration for livestream coverage of the pubic portions of the meeting is here.

This morning, the board met in closed session before breaking to meet in committee:

  • The Audit Committee heard several reports and updates on Title IX investigations and information technology security.
  • The Capital Planning and Budget Committee discussed several construction projects and real estate agreements.
  • The Research, Economic Development, and Innovation Committee heard several updates, including one from the new UW-Madison School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences.
  • The Business and Finance Committee heard several reports and discussed two collective bargaining agreements with the Building and Construction Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin and a half dozen contractual agreements at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.
  • The Education Committee considered approval of eight new degree programs at UW-Madison, along with two others from UW-Parkside. They also had the second reading of revised mission statement for UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater.

The full board will meet at 1 pm and hear updates from Regent President Ed Manydeeds and Interim President Tommy Thompson. UW-Oshkosh President Andrew Leavitt will also speak on the role of the comprehensive university, and Dr. Eve Fine will discuss unconscious bias and assumptions when evaluating job prospects. Fine is Director of Curriculum and Development at UW-Madison’s Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute. The board will conclude its work this afternoon in closed session.

Friday, the board will consider approval of committee action, hear a presentation on the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and present the 2021 University Staff Excellence Awards.

UW System Special Regent Committee on Governance Issues

Earlier this month, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents President Ed Manydeeds appointed six Regents to a special committee to examine governance issues. The creation of the Special Regent Committee on Governance Issues is the result of a resolution passed at the Board’s May meeting.

Manydeeds appointed the following Regents to the committee:

  • Regent Scott Beightol
  • Regent Héctor Colón
  • Regent Michael Grebe
  • Regent Tracey Klein
  • Regent John Miller
  • Regent Cris Peterson

Manydeeds and Regent Vice President Karen Walsh will serve as ex officio members of the committee, which will be chaired by Regent Klein.

The committee’s first meeting is at 2:30 pm, Tuesday, August 31. The full agenda is below and a link to join the Webex stream of the meeting is here.

After discussing the committee’s charge, the members will discuss the chancellor search process. UW System Interim Vice President Jeff Buhrandt will discuss proposed changes to Regent Policy Document 6-4, “Selection Process for System President, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors and UW System Senior Leadership Positions.” Changing the composition of the chancellor search committees is among the proposed changes.

Regents most recently made changes to RPD 6-4 in 2017 when they voted to add language to the policy that limited the size of search committees to ten — five Regents and five members of the university community, including two faculty members. Regents also added language to the policy that removed the requirement for a chancellor to have earned a terminal degree in their field.

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