Recent UW System News

  • UW System Presidential Search Committee names Jim Johnsen finalist

    University of Alaska System President will interview next week

    June 2, 2020

    MADISON, Wis.—The search process for the next president of the University of Wisconsin System is moving to the next phase with the selection of University of Alaska System President Jim Johnsen as a finalist who will go through multiple committee and shared governance interviews next week. “The candidate pool that was developed and reviewed by […]

  • Regents announce Academic Staff Excellence Awards for 2020

    Educators in Kenosha, Superior, and River Falls recognized for work to support student success

    June 1, 2020

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today announced this year’s recipients of the Academic Staff Excellence Awards. These awards recognize exceptional service to the university and are the UW System’s highest recognition bestowed on members of its academic staff. The recipients were originally to have been honored at the Board of Regents […]

  • UW System graduates generate remarkable earnings growth

    Original data analysis matched earnings, location, and employment information for 12,000 graduates

    May 31, 2020

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System graduates earn a median salary of nearly $50,000 annually just a year after securing their bachelor’s degrees, according to a first-of-its kind data analysis. After five years the median earnings of graduates surpass $66,000. Though the specific wages vary, such earnings growth occurs for graduates in any UW degree program. […]

  • Connie Foster appointed UW-River Falls interim chancellor

    May 26, 2020

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has named Connie Foster as the interim chancellor of UW-River Falls. Foster is a higher education and leadership consultant who spent 23 years as a faculty member, administrator, and interim chancellor at UW-River Falls. “Connie has a national reputation as a university expert due to her variety […]

  • UW System engaging stakeholders on ‘Blueprint’

    By Andrew S. Petersen, President, Board of Regents, University of Wisconsin System

    May 22, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives. In higher education, it has sparked pointed questions locally and nationally about the short-term operations and long-term future of the University of Wisconsin System. When the time came to hold a public discussion on the Blueprint for the University of Wisconsin System Beyond COVID-19, UW System President Ray […]

  • UW System Statements on UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen

    Chancellor Van Galen named president of Missouri Southern State University

    May 18, 2020

    MADISON, Wis.— University of Wisconsin System leadership issued these statements today:   UW System Regent President Andrew S. Petersen: “Chancellor Van Galen has been an exceptional leader and chancellor for the UW System. His commitment to UW-River Falls students, faculty development, and innovative program delivery is noteworthy. Dean’s ability to analyze, plan, and implement change […]

  • UW System holds listening sessions on blueprint for future

    Virtual sessions will be held regionally with shared governance leaders

    May 14, 2020

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents President Andrew S. Petersen announced today a series of virtual stakeholder partner meetings to discuss and solicit feedback on the Blueprint for the UW System Beyond COVID-19. The dialogues will also seek other reform ideas from shared governance leaders. The meetings follow the release last week of […]

  • President Cross presents blueprint for strong, post-pandemic UW System

    May 7, 2020

    MADISON, Wis.—President Ray Cross presented the Board of Regents with a proposed blueprint for how the University of Wisconsin System should respond to the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic at a special virtual meeting today. Cross told Regents the financial impact of the COVID crisis on higher education nationwide will be devastating for […]

  • Regents announce outstanding UW System teachers for 2020

    Educators in Eau Claire, Superior, and Oshkosh recognized with Regents’ top teaching award

    May 4, 2020

    MADISON, Wis.—The UW System Board of Regents today announced the 28th annual recipients of its Teaching Excellence Awards. The awards recognize outstanding teaching and are the UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and instructional academic staff. Each recipient is awarded $7,500. The recipients were to have been honored at the Board of […]

  • UW System forms Plan Ahead Team to prepare for fall 2020

    April 30, 2020

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced today that the UW System’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has formed a Plan Ahead Team to review best practices and identify criteria for a return to in-person instruction for fall 2020. “We fully expect to remain open in the fall,” said Cross. “How we deliver education […]