Aerial view looking down and southwest, of the Wisconsin State Capitol and Capitol Square in downtown Madison during spring. ©UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Jeff Miller Date: 05/02 File#: color slide

Aerial view looking down and southwest, of the Wisconsin State Capitol and Capitol Square in downtown Madison during spring. ©UW-Madison University Communications

The relationship between the State of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin System is one of the most important connections in this State. The State of Wisconsin is the single largest stakeholder in the University of Wisconsin System, providing over $1 billion annually to support the operations of the institutions within the UW System. The UW System, in turn, is also the largest state entity with more than 35,000 public employees scattered throughout 26 campuses and 72 county extension offices.

The State Relations team manages that relationship, serving as the primary points of contact at UW System for all state government agencies and the legislature. The team monitors legislation, provides legislative and political updates, and advocates on behalf of the system. They also work closely with the Board of Regents, as well as the legislative liaisons, public information officers and Chancellors of each UW institution to ensure a consistent legislative strategy and advocacy plan.

The team also coordinates the annual Research in the Rotunda event, which celebrates undergraduate student research in the Capitol Rotunda each spring. Faculty and staff from each UW System institution bring research to present to legislators and the public.

The team is composed of our Directors for State Relations Jeff Buhrandt and Jeff Schoenfeldt.

Legislative Initiatives

The State Relations team closely monitors and all legislation that could impact the University of Wisconsin System and regularly shares that information with their colleagues at institutions throughout the System for review and comment. Each bill being tracked by the State Relations Team is sent to campus and UW System administration staff for review. In some cases, that feedback received in this process will lead the State Relations team and President Cross to recommend that the Board of Regents take a formal position on a specific piece of legislation. The bill position memos on legislation that the Board has taken a formal position on is available to view below.

Track bills of interest to the University of Wisconsin System.

Legislative Bill Tracking 2017-18 xlsx September 27, 2017 19.9 KiB

State Relations

Jeff Buhrandt
Director for State Relations

1738 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

608-262-1312
jbuhrandt@uwsa.edu

Jeff Schoenfeldt
Director for State Relations

1762 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

608-265-3419
jschoenfeldt@uwsa.edu

Contact

Contact state legislators, government relations staff, and UW System legislative liaisons.

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