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.