Two $5,000 awards are given to non-instructional administrative and professional academic staff members at UW System institutions in recognition of their exceptional service to the university. In addition, one $5,000 award is given to a non-instructional academic staff program in recognition of the important role played by academic staff in supporting students and their success. The Regents Academic Staff Excellence Awards are administered by the systemwide Office for Academic and Student Affairs.

Regents to honor winners of 2016 Academic Staff Awards for Excellence

Academic Staff Excellence Award Recipients



Linnea Burk

Director, Psychology Research and Training Clinic, UW-Madison

Dr. Burk, Regent Bradley, Pres. Cross, Regent Pres. Millner

Dr. Burk, Regent Bradley, President Cross, Regent President Millner

Michael Martin


Michael Martin

Senior Advisor/Administrative Specialist, College of Education and Professional Studies, UW-River Falls

Regent Ed Manydeeds, Michael Martin, President Ray Cross, Regent President Regina Millner

Regent Manydeeds, Michael Martin, President Cross, Regent President Millner

Library Director Paula Ganyard


Regent Mark Tyler, Cofrin Library Director Paula Ganyard, Regent President Millner, UW System President Ray Cross

Regent Tyler, Director Ganyard, Regent President Millner, President Cross

David A. Cofrin Library

UW-Green Bay, award accepted by Director Paula Ganyard, on behalf of library staff

Cofrin Library Staff with Director Paula Ganyard holding plaque

Cofrin Library Staff with Director Paula Ganyard


Gene Clark (left) and Regent Tim Higgins

Gene Clark

Coastal Engineering Specialist, UW-Madison

Jennifer Elsesser (left) and Regent Eve Hall

Jennifer Elsesser

Assistant Director, Counseling Services, UW-River Falls

(from left) Program Director Dr. Karen Havhom; Regent Drew Petersen; and Director of Grants and Contracts Jeremy Miner; Havholm and Miner accepted the award on behalf of the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, UW-Eau Claire


Regent Tim Higgins with Bonnie Isaacson

Bonnie Isaacson (left) and Regent Tim Higgins (right)

Bonnie Isaacson

Senior Student Services Coordinator, UW-Eau Claire

Regent Drew Peterson with Ron Zimmerman

Ron Zimmerman (left) and Regent Drew Petersen (right)

Ron Zimmerman

Director, Schmeeckle Reserve, UW-Stevens Point

UW-Stout's Registration and Records Office

(from left) Associate Registrar Joshua Lind; Regent Janice Mueller; Business Automation Specialist Lystra Yates; Assistant Registrar Jennifer Swoboda; and Registrar Scott Correll, representing the UW-Stout Registration and Records Office.

Registration and Records Office, UW-Stout


Regent Mark Tyler with Susan Greene

Susan Greene (left) and Regent Mark Tyler (right)

Susan Greene

Institutional Planner, Office of Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality (PARQ), UW-Stout

Regent Tim Higgins and Freda Briscoe

Freda Briscoe (right) and Regent Tim Higgins (left)

Freda Briscoe

Director, Minority Business and Minority Teacher Preparation programs, UW-Whitewater

UW Platteville's Distance Learning Center

(far left) Director Dan Avenarius, (center left) Executive Director Dawn Drake, (center right) Regent Tracy Hribar, with other members of the Distance Learning Center

Distance Learning Center, UW-Platteville


Regent John Drew and Denise Ehlen

Regent John Drew (left) and Denise Ehlen (right)

Denise Ehlen

Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, UW-Whitewater

Regent Brent Smith and Donna Weber

Regent Brent Smith (left) and Donna Weber (right)

Donna Weber

Director of Human Resources, UW-Eau Claire

Regent Mark Tyler and Evelyn Martens

Regent Mark Tyler (left) and Evelyn Martens (right), the Center’s Director of Writing and Tutoring Resources

The Writing Center, UW-Platteville