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Friday, June 7, 2002

University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
June 2002 Meeting
Day 2 News Summary

Regents Elect Board Officers

The UW System Board of Regents elected new leaders on Friday, selecting Guy A. Gottschalk of Wisconsin Rapids as president and Toby E. Marcovich of Superior as vice president.

Gottschalk, chair of the Regents' Business and Finance Committee and member of the Regents' Executive Committee, succeeds Jay L. Smith as president of the board. Gottschalk began his seven-year term as a UW regent in 1998.

Marcovich, chair of the Regents' Personnel Review Committee, succeeds Gerard A. Randall, Jr., as Regent vice president. Marcovich begin his service as a UW regent in 1997 and previously served as chair of the Regents' Business and Finance Committee.

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Smith looks back, looks ahead

In his last report to the regents as board president, Regent Jay L. Smith reflected on past accomplishments, discussed future challenges and offered recommendations for the years ahead.

Smith said top future challenges for the regents include securing adequate funding for the university system, maintaining competitive salaries for faculty, staff and system executives, more study of best practices, and continued building of state relationships and partnerships.

Smith urged the board to continue to press state leaders to grow funding for the university; become more engaged in building Wisconsin's economy; meet more often with and gather "intelligence" from students, faculty, staff, business leaders, and elected officials at the local, state and federal levels; and maintain and enhance its strategic planning efforts.

"I want to thank all the members of this board for their hard work, dedication and political courage," Smith concluded. "You've stood up for the university and its needs and that will be long remembered by the university community."

The terms of Regents Smith and Alfred De Simone ended in May, but because no successors have been named they continue to serve on the board.

Jay Smith's full remarks
Resolution of Appreciation for Jay Smith

Chief budget officer leaves UW System

Associate Vice President for Budget and Planning Kathleen R. Sell attended her last regents meeting this month. She is leaving UW System after 19 years to become a faculty member at UW-Madison.

UW System President Katharine Lyall praised Sell for her dedication to the university and her diligence in shepherding 10 biennial budget requests. She and others noted that Sell attended close to 200 regents meetings in her career.

"Best of luck in the classroom - and remember, I know where to find you," Lyall joked with Sell.

President Lyall's full remarks
Resolution of Appreciation for Kathleen Sell

Building a New Kind of University

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher updated the regents on UWM's efforts to build a new kind of university during a Friday morning presentation.

Zimpher told the board that national rankings used by U.S. News and World Report magazine and others are skewed against urban research universities, which serve large numbers of non-traditional students who take longer to complete their educations because of work and family commitments.

Zimpher said a new metric is needed to better gauge the accomplishments of urban universities. She urged the board to continue its strong support of UWM's mission to become the nation's premier urban research institution of higher education.

"We are in this together," Zimpher told the regents. "This is a collective task."

Chancellor Zimpher's PowerPoint presentation | PDF version
Resolution of appreciation for UWM

Other Action

The board on Friday approved several resolutions from the Business and Finance, Education and Physical Planning and Funding committees. They include:

  • Contractual agreements at UW-Madison with Glaxo Wellcome Inc., Novartis Pharma AG and Dow Chemical Company.
  • A food service contract at UW-Green Bay.
  • A strategic plan and assessment strategies to address student alcohol and other drug abuse.
  • A new undergraduate program in environmental studies at UW-Oshkosh.
  • A charter school proposal at UWM.
  • Renaming the UWM Division of University Outreach to the School of Continuing Education.
  • The $5 million UW-Madison Weeks Hall addition.
  • The $550,000 UWM Student Union Atrium Floor Replacement project.
  • Approval for UW-Platteville to accept the gift of a Swine Center and to use existing state funds for a revised Dairy Center Replacement Project.
  • The $26 million Fine Arts Center Remodeling and Addition project and projects to expand and repair parking lots at UW-Stevens Point.
  • Authorization for UW-Extension for a 10-year lease of radio tower space for WVSS-FM public radio near Menomonie.

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Board Cancels July Meeting

The regents agreed on Friday to cancel their July 2002 meeting. The next scheduled board meeting is Aug. 22-23 at UW-Madison.