Fifty years ago, on Oct. 8, 1971, Gov. Patrick J. Lucey signed the bill formalizing the merger of Wisconsin’s two systems of public higher education into the University of Wisconsin System under a single Board of Regents. That bill was published on Oct. 11 and became the law on Oct. 12, 1971.

Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes now sets forth the mission and purpose of the University of Wisconsin System.

October 12, 2021

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UW System