MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross and Regent President Andrew S. Petersen joined UW-Superior Chancellor Renée Wachter for a breakfast with business and community leaders to discuss myriad ways the System and institution meet the needs of the state and the Superior community. It is part of a series of All In Wisconsin events held at UW System campuses this fall aimed at demonstrating the value the UW System brings to Wisconsin.
“We need to have ongoing conversations and deeper relationships with businesses and communities built on mutual understanding,” President Cross said. “That’s what this breakfast and our All In Wisconsin tour is all about. “
“We think support for the UW System crosses political boundaries, geographic boundaries, and income boundaries,” Regent President Petersen added. “We are incredibly grateful for the region’s support and we are here to work with all of our partners to make our UW System remarkable!”
One topic of discussion was the Lake Superior Research Institute’s Ballast Water Treatment System Testing Facility. The UW-Superior facility is the only land-based facility on the Great Lakes region that tests whether treatment technologies successfully prevent the spread of invasive species through ships’ ballast water.
On Thursday, the Board of Regents passed a resolution supporting the innovative research.
“For over 50 years, UW-Superior has been a leader in advanced research on freshwater bodies like Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes,” Chancellor Wachter said. “Our faculty, staff, and students have been national leaders in studying and helping conserve these vital waters to benefit the people, industries, and resources of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest.“
The All In Wisconsin tour is intended to demonstrate how the UW System meets the needs of Wisconsin and to generate additional ideas about how the System can continue to do so.
The next stop on the All In Wisconsin tour is UW-Oshkosh on October 22.
The University of Wisconsin System serves more than 170,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. More than 80 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System institutions also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.