Office of the President

Brittingham House Fact Sheet

  • Brittingham House is the official residence of the University of Wisconsin System president. It was donated to the UW Board of Regents by the children of Thomas E. and Mary Brittingham in 1955, with the intent that it serve as the official UW residence.
  • According to Board of Regents policy, the UW System president is required to live in Brittingham House as a condition of employment.
  • Brittingham House is "the front door" to the UW System. Dozens of meetings and events take place there each year, and the UW System president hosts numerous local, state, national and international dignitaries at the facility.
  • As many as 3,000 people attend official UW System and charitable community events and meetings at Brittingham House annually. If Brittingham House were not in use, the university would have to rent facilities for these purposes in many cases.
  • University presidents across the nation are provided official university residences and required to host receptions, community activities, fundraising events and other functions at their official residences.
  • Operating expenses of the house and events there are funded by private contributions, and university program revenue within state guidelines.