Milt McPike, 1939-2008

Milt McPike, 1939-2008

“Milt McPike committed his life to inspiring generations of Wisconsin students to enrich their lives and communities through education. He understood deeply the importance of access to quality education and the obligation to ensure a welcoming learning environment for all Wisconsin students.

“As a member of the Board of Regents for nearly four years, his breadth of experience and untiring compassion inspired open hearts and open minds in all of us.

“On behalf of the UW System, I offer our deepest sympathies to Milt’s family and friends during this difficult time. His distinguished legacy will continue to inspire future generations of students, scholars, and educators alike.”


Following are arrangements for the visitation, funeral service, and memorials for Regent Emeritus McPike:

Wednesday, April 2, 2008: 5-8 p.m.
Visitation at McPike Field House, East High School, 2222 E. Washington Ave., Madison

Thursday, April 3, 2008
Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham St., Madison
9-11 a.m.: Visitation
11 a.m.: Funeral Service

Memorials may be made to:
Milton McPike Award Fund c/o Norman Bassett Foundaation
201 E. Waubesa St.
Madison, WI 54704

Biography of Regent Emeritus Milton McPike

Milton McPike served as principal of Madison East High School from 1979 to 2002, during which time Madison East was noted as a National High School of Excellence. He was named State Principal of the Year in 1997 by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, and has also received the Madison Magazine Man of the Year Award and the NAACP’s Unsung Hero Award. McPike earned his bachelor’s in education and master’s in physical education from Northeast Missouri (now Truman State University).

McPike was a University of Wisconsin System Regent for nearly four years before resigning because of ill health. At the March 6 board meeting, the Regents honored McPike as a champion for Wisconsin students.