Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the University of Wisconsin System


Each of our 13 unique universities has its own story to tell, of course, but this is an opportunity to recognize and salute our shared mission and shared commitments as part of a highly respected system of public higher education.”

Regent President Edmund Manydeeds III

“For 50 years, the UW System has been delivering on what we’ve promised to the people of Wisconsin, and I am absolutely certain we will continue to deliver in the years to come… With our renewed focus on the Wisconsin Idea, the University of Wisconsin System is more than ready, willing, and able to help this great state find solutions to its biggest issues and challenges, to propel us to a future that is the best it can possibly be.”

UW System President Tommy G. Thompson

University of Wisconsin System Turns 50

October 12, 2021

Fifty years ago, on Oct. 8, 1971, Gov. Patrick J. Lucey signed the bill formalizing the merger of Wisconsin’s two systems of public higher education into the University of Wisconsin System under a single Board of Regents. That bill was published on Oct. 11 and became the law on Oct. 12, 1971.

Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes now sets forth the mission and purpose of the University of Wisconsin System.

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