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UW-Green Bay Chancellor appointed to influential NCAA committee

gary.miller-webaGary L. Miller, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been appointed a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. He will begin his three-year term Aug. 1, 2015.

Miller is the first sitting Division I president or chancellor to serve on the committee, the NCAA has confirmed.

“I consider it a great honor to be chosen to serve in this capacity,” Miller said. “I am a firm believer in the value of Division I athletics to UW-Green Bay, the NCAA’s mission as an organization, and our shared duty as member institutions to help ensure academic and competitive integrity.”

The Division I Committee on Infractions is an independent group composed of representatives from the membership and the public charged with deciding NCAA infractions cases. The committee reviews prehearing procedural matters, conducts hearings, finds the facts of the case, and determines what, if any, penalties are appropriate. After it issues a decision, the committee monitors institutions on probation to ensure compliance with penalties and terms of probation. The committee also hears appeals of Level III decisions issued by NCAA staff.

Miller’s appointment as a current chancellor reflects the NCAA’s ongoing, stated efforts to increase presidential involvement in all facets of the NCAA governance structure.

Since 2011 the NCAA has gradually expanded the committee from 10 to 24 members. Previously regarded as one of the NCAA’s more time-intensive assignments — which tended to discourage top administrators from volunteering — the committee can now use its larger size to create panels of five to seven randomly-chosen members. The change allows cases to be heard more quickly and efficiently with fewer burdens on individual committee members.

Members serve three-year terms and can be reappointed for a maximum of three terms. In addition to participating in those cases assigned them, members convene as the full Committee on Infractions at least twice annually to review cases across panels and check for consistency in the way NCAA guidelines are applied.

Jon LeCrone, who heads the intercollegiate athletics conference that includes UW-Green Bay, describes Miller’s appointment as prestigious recognition for the chancellor, the University, Green Bay Athletics and the league.

“We are thrilled for Chancellor Miller’s appointment to the NCAA Infractions Committee,” says LeCrone, Horizon League commissioner. “Since arriving at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, he has been an excellent addition to our Board of Directors, working on behalf of Green Bay and the Horizon League’s student-athletes. I know that he will represent Green Bay and the Horizon League well on the committee.”

The committee chair is Gregory Sankey, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. Other prominent members include Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky; Michael F. Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, former University of Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi; and former Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins. Nominations to serve come from the NCAA membership and include academic and athletics administrators past and present, independent professionals with relevant legal, athletics or academic experience, and former coaches.

Miller, who assumed his duties as UW-Green Bay chancellor on Aug. 1, 2014, has extensive career experience as an administrator and educator, all with NCAA Division I universities.

He came to Green Bay from the chancellorship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He was previously provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita State University, Dean of the College of Pacific at the University of the Pacific, and a faculty member at both Weber State University and Mississippi State University.

The chancellor serves on the local board of directors of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, as well as on the Executive Committee of the Council of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, the Board of Directors of The Campus Compact, the Workforce Development Panel of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and a national steering committee focused on post-collegiate outcomes.

Miller’s appointment to the infractions committee is UW-Green Bay’s second high-profile NCAA appointment this summer. Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie was notified earlier this year she will become the first individual from any Horizon League school to serve on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, starting Sept. 1.


Cut of $2.8m will result in 24 positions lost

In an email Friday (July 10) to all employees, Chancellor Gary L. Miller outlined how the new UW System budget — which includes a loss of $125 million annually in state taxpayer support — will affect UW-Green Bay. The good news: The $2.8 million funding cut here was scaled back from the $4.6 million initially projected, and is unlikely to require involuntary layoffs. The bad news: a significant reduction in force through the loss of several dozen vacant faculty and staff positions will be a challenge. The Chancellor thanked the University’s Trustees for their advocacy, and campus leadership and the University Planning and Innovation Council (UPIC) for their contributions to budget-reduction planning (which continues). To see Miller’s memo, click here.


About 24 positions at UW-Green Bay are losing their state GPR funding, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported in its July 11 print edition. “It is a serious reduction,” said Chancellor Gary Miller, who said layoffs aren’t needed because senior employees (29 total) accepted voluntary separation deals. “That’s a significant reduction in our workforce,” Miller said. “We are losing some key people, and some key knowledge.” The university has some savings to use while it fine-tunes its staffing plans, having frozen hiring, curtailed travel and cut back on purchases months ago in anticipation of the state budget reductions being approved. To read the P-G story, click here.



Miller plans budget update

UW-Green Bay officials were informed earlier this week that the anticipated revenue loss of as much as $4.6 million in state support to the campus would likely be closer to $3 million. The projection shifted when the Joint Finance Committee voted to dial back the overall UW System cuts from $300 million to $250 million over the two years, the UWS Administration devised a formula to target that relief rather than divide it on a straight proportional basis, and the System agreed, as did the Regents at Thursday’s meeting, to one-time payments from central reserves to help individual campuses phase in some reductions. UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller has said he intends to distribute an update to faculty and staff in the near future. He will outline the overall impact of Thursday’s vote by the Regents, and also begin to share those aspects of UW-Green Bay’s strategy for handling the cuts that are most likely to be implemented in the near term. University officials told Green Bay area media this week that, with a total of 29 employees having committed to the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program, along with other cost-saving measures, they are optimistic the institution will be able to avoid any involuntary layoffs.

Slideshow: Retirement gathering for Spielmann

About 150 campus and community friends gathered at the Shorewood clubhouse Monday (July 6) to honor Dan Spielmann as he retires as chancellor’s chief of staff after a nearly 40-year career as one of UW-Green Bay’s most high-profile and longest-serving administrators and faculty members.

Chancellor Gary L. Miller and former Chancellor Tom Harden shared brief remarks. Miller read from a legislative proclamation introduced by state Rep. Eric Ginrich and Sen. Dave Hansen. It praised Spielmann for his record of achievement including his service as Phoenix Athletics director during the program’s rise as an NCAA Division I contender, his role as legal counsel and policy adviser to all six chancellors, his effectiveness as a community and legislative liaison, his passion for teaching, and his involvement in University fundraising, among other contributions. The citation also noted Spielmann’s long working relationship with former Associate Chancellor Donald Harden, his association with hall of fame coaches Dick Bennett, Carol Hammerle and Aldo Santaga, and his positive interactions with individuals both on and off campus.

Spielmann was presented with gifts including the Legislature’s proclamation, a large framed aerial view of the UW-Green Bay campus and a travel bag, among other items. In expressing appreciation to the friends and colleagues in attendance, he talked about leaving his Madison legal practice as a young attorney in 1976 to join the faculty of the young UWGB… and never regretting the move despite the challenges of his new position(s). Spielmann closed his remarks by thanking Liz, his wife of 42 years, and sons Kurt and Jeff (who attended with his infant daughter).

(Click thumbnails to enter slideshow view.)

‘Notes on Problem-Focused Interdisciplinary Education’ by Andrew Austin

In case you missed it today, Chancellor Gary Miller sent notice to the UWGB community about a “very important contribution” to the UWGB discussion on interdisciplinarity by Associate Professor Andrew Austin. You can find the essay on the Chancellor’s webpage by clicking http://blog.uwgb.edu/chancellor/?p=1926.

Spielmann retirement get-together is July 6

Mark your calendars: An informal sendoff for Dan Spielmann is set for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 6, at the Shorewood Golf Course Clubhouse. Spielmann is retiring later that week after a 36-year UW-Green Bay career, in two separate tours of duty, in which he has contributed in numerous ways to the University’s development. The man of many hats has been a chief of staff or adviser to all six UW-Green Bay chancellors and served as Phoenix Athletics director, a popular and respected member of the Business faculty, chief legal counsel, fundraiser, and interim vice chancellor, interim assistant chancellor and permanent all-around good guy. The gathering is free and open to all. More details forthcoming.

Former Chancellor Shepard to retire at WWU

Bruce Shepard announced Thursday that he will retire as president of Western Washington University at the close of the 2015-2016 academic year, after eight years on the job.

Shepard served as chancellor of UW-Green Bay from 2001 to 2008 before accepting the presidency at the Bellingham, Washington, school.

“Serving Western has been a richly rewarding privilege and so this has not been an easy decision.  Yet, transitions always come and, after much reflection, I believe it is time for Western and for Cyndie and me.  We are deeply grateful for having the opportunity to serve Western, look forward to an exciting final year, and know that, over the years that then follow, we will always proudly be Vikings,” Bruce Shepard said.

For the full news release summarizing Shepard’s tenure at WWU, click here.

Miller appointment in NAS

In approving the statewide slate of faculty promotions, the UW System Board of Regents took action Friday to ratify the concurrent appointment of Gary L. Miller — who joined UW-Green Bay as chancellor last Aug. 1 — as a full professor with tenure in the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit. Miller was a professor of ecology with the University of Mississippi prior to entering academic administration on a full-time basis.

Chancellor Miller addresses large crowd at Town Hall meeting

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller addressed an audience of about 300 faculty, staff and students as part of an informational budget “town hall” meeting in the University Theatre, Wednesday (June 3). The Town Hall meeting has been edited and summarized here.

Reminder: UWGB Town Hall audio files accessible
The complete version of the Chancellor’s opening remarks and the following question and answer session at the Town Hall meeting is available online.

Town Hall Meeting Recap – June 3, 2015

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller met with the campus community in a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 to answer questions related to the budget and discuss plans for making reductions in the weeks and months ahead. What follows is a summarized and paraphrased list of topics discussed and a summarized version of Chancellor Miller’s response. For the full context of comments, please refer to the audio recording of the Town Hall meeting available on the Chancellor’s Office blog.

Brief Introductory Remarks

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller addressed an audience of about 300 faculty, staff and students as part of an informational budget town hall meeting in the University Theatre, Wednesday (June 3). In his brief opening remarks, the Chancellor expressed his love for working in the Higher Education Academy and his deep appreciation to those who are giving selflessly for UWGB students. He said he understands the frustration and anger during the process, and he expressed his gratitude to alumni, legislators, the Board of Regents and UWGB trustees who are fighting on behalf of UWGB and the UW System. He noted that restoration of about $50 million in funding to the UW System is welcomed news.

‘We will have shared governance and tenure at UWGB’
In his opening remarks at the town hall meeting, Chancellor Miller said that despite the recent omnibus motion that included changes, among them, shared governance and tenure removed from the statutes, “we will have shared governance and tenure at UWGB and in the UW System.”

What we don’t know’
The budget still has to go through an analysis by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau and be passed by the Assembly and Senate and then on to the Governor to sign the final budget. We don’t know what the Board of Regents’ reaction will be — Greg Davis, Clif Ganyard and I will travel to Milwaukee for meetings this Thursday and Friday (June 4-5) —we don’t know how the System will determine the campuses with the greatest need for the $50 million in reduced cuts.

‘What we do know’
As it stands, our cut would be from $4.6 to 3.1 million. We do know that if things should remain as currently stated this is still a very deep cut for the University. We do know we have an enrollment challenge to address. The legislature has moved toward giving us more flexibility to manage our own resources and we are grateful for that. We know there is no tuition cap for the 2017-19 biennium (there is one for 2015-17). The Regents have established a taskforce to develop recommendations for setting tuition. I am a member of that taskforce. We appreciate the hard work of our trustees and alumni to help reduce the cuts and gain the flexibilities that have been granted to the System.

‘Our schedule’
We have a catalog of cuts that we will draw upon as we receive the final number for our cuts. Between now and July 1 we will make the reductions. They have been discussed with UPIC (University Planning and Innovation Council). The University Committee and the UPIC have generously committed to meeting regularly this summer. We will continue to update the campus via memorandums and Town Hall meetings, as necessary.

Regarding Tenure and Shared Governance
I fully believe in the process of tenure and shared governance. I expect that regarding tenure, the motion will be taken from state statutes and adopted directly into Board of Regents policy. Concerning shared governance, there will need to be statutory language drafted to reflect the JFC motion. It appears that most of the AAUP (American Association of University Professors) guidelines on shared governance have been retained in the JFC motion. We are uncertain what the board’s action will be regarding this issue.

Question and Answer Session:

Regarding the proposal to give segregated fee authority to chancellors
It is our understanding that the Chancellors already had that authority, although we have left those decisions to the students, but I give final approval.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that our benefits would be affected
There are likely to be insurance deductible and rate changes for all state employees. Information is available on individual employees’ MY UW System portal… https://uwservice.wisc.edu/news/post/239.

The JFC motion gives the Chancellors the right to end appointments without due process
That is incorrect. Due process remains in the JFC motion. There is not a requirement that a fiscal exigency be declared.

When will employees have access to budget cuts and when will offices be aware?
We have vetted changes with the Provost and UPIC. A lot of it is made up in vacant positions and proportional reductions. Only one program has been eliminated. It is not sweeping changes but multiple cuts. It is not something we would publish. We will be meeting with the various governance groups, committees and individual departments.

Will you affirm that despite the fact that the statutes would now give Chancellors the ability to layoff without financial exigency that you won’t operate any differently than the past?
I want to see what the Regents have to say. It would be irresponsible of me to make a statement at this point. Allow the process and the discussion to work. In shared governance, hopefully, we would come to that conclusion together.

Regarding the Board of Regents may change the way Chancellors are hired
I think there will be changes… We will be having a discussion about that.

Why did statues particularly call out the fact that “subject to” means “subordinate to.” Was that just being spiteful?
I have no insight to that.

Regarding director-level changes
There will be some reorganization. We first had to have a discovery process about the way this University works… its advising, its faculty development, etc… We need to know that we are optimizing resources. Some changes will be based on recommendations by the Invent the Future groups. We will be consulting with the UC and UPIC and studying other models. We have hired someone to lead this effort in student services. We will continue the work this summer to come up with a rationale and plan to share with governance groups as we begin implementation in the first of the year.

On ability to recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff despite general morale
I believe, and I am not being Pollyannaish about this, that this is a great place to work. I wish we were in a different situation. We can’t take advice from our fears. We will go into the new year with vision and celebrating our 50th anniversary with the hand we were dealt. We need to be at an institution where we encourage others. I think what will help are the flexibilities to get people the resources that are needed and a chance to rearrange ourselves. Compensation is still a huge issue and we will continue to hammer it and hopefully find relief in the next biennium.

We feel as though we are under attack. We do more and more with less and less…
I feel what you feel. The only thing I can do is find the best opportunities to get the resources to the people who need them. We need to continue the conversation in an organized way that improves resources. I am not immune to feeling under attack.

Regarding voluntary separation savings
Yes, it will provide some savings.

On sharing the identified cuts publicly
I’m committed to shared governance. The discussion I had with the UC about the reorganization was to begin this summer. We are working through the appropriate groups and I’m sorry we can’t talk to everybody about them. The downside to publishing possible cuts is much worse than having a transparent shared governance operation where we share these ideas with representatives from the various groups and work toward a solution. It would be difficult to work in an environment where we had to layout 4.6M cuts and say “this could be you.” As far as vision goes, I didn’t get that luxury. We have expressed a bold vision for this University and we got hammered with $4.6 million in cuts. We have got to go into the next semester with the 50th anniversary and a renewed vision and talk about it. I’m very optimistic.

Regarding how cuts will affect students
I know cuts will affect course availability and other issues. Our goal is to diminish the impact of that to the extent that we can. We hope that it is transitional. That is an argument that we make publicly time and time again—that these cuts impact the student experience—and that’s what we’re trying to preserve.

A communication plan for the summer
We’re going to meet regularly with the UC. We will, hopefully in the next two weeks, have all the numbers. Then we will start to announce to the faculty in memos our reductions. After July 1, we’re going to start looking forward toward the 50th anniversary, what we’re going to talk about with regard to reorganization, how we’re going to deal with shared governance, and look to the future. We have work going on. We have new programs in the mix that need to go. The timing of any communication depends on what we know. I have committed to the UC that I will periodically communicate to campus via memos and town hall meetings as necessary.

Will fully-enrolled classes be cancelled because of cuts to teachers?
We’ve been watching that as carefully as we can with the Provost. I don’t think that will happen.

Regarding changes to adjunct faculty
The Provost can tell you how that is managed. We’re down-sizing the institution. Some folks may not be invited back.

Chancellor Miller invited conversation by asking if people have heard anything about what is going on at other institutions in the System in regard to the state budget cuts.

Discussion: Colleagues at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee have expressed disappointment at how their chancellors have been handling the cut.
I would prefer to have conversations with people individually about this.

Regarding programs across the System feeling threatened by the cuts and frustrated that collaboration didn’t lead to saving them.

Leadership (including the provosts) from campuses across the system are meeting routinely about that issue. There have been substantive discussions about how to preserve programs via collaboration. The system is interest in understanding how they can support this.

Discussion: Regarding other UW’s, some Universities were told of specific details of cuts and which positions will be cut or continued. Some cases had a premature release of information that caused anguish and anxiety.

Regarding Chancellor Miller’s commitment to the humanities
Absolutely committed. The humanities are one of our strengths.

On outsourcing, now occurring at other UW System schools
We’re not considering outsourcing services. It has been considered from time to time. My experience is that conditions have to be almost perfect for it to work the way we would like.

Plans to shore up funding gaps
We have to decide where there is potential as revenue stream. Grad programs can be a good opportunity. Executive reorganization plans include a new development person to optimize philanthropy. Unfortunately fundraising rarely helps operations, as it is almost entirely student support. The answer is more students. We have to have some sort of growth agenda. If you can cover costs, you can help everyone else.

Regarding UW-Green Bay being one of the lower campuses receiving support per student
We have this conversation at the system level every time we meet. That is a quirk in the funding model that three chancellors have hammered on. The trustees have really made some headway with that having met with the president last year. This, and the actual amount, is well known in the System.

Discussion: Student view… keep in mind that what affects student doesn’t necessarily affect faculty. She wanted to be the voice of classmates having to leave UWGB and even the state to complete coursework.
Thank you.

Discussion: while there are morale issues during these difficult times it’s important for stress management to bring levity, have a sense of humor and battle isolation with networking.
Good point. That would be helpful.

Reorganizing will have a trickle-down effect that will result in less people having to do more. What will we have removed from our responsibilities? What will be taken away so we can survive?
We’re not trying to push work from the top down, we’re trying to see how we can handle it. It’s unfortunate, but we still have to make the cuts.

Regarding a 21-credit load
I don’t know and it’s not something I’m going to talk about in this forum.

Discussion: Finding a way to learn what colleagues do throughout campus, and acknowledging time consumed with additional duties and responsibilities would go a long way. Don’t compromise cuts at the expense of quality, especially as it relates to things such as advising.
Definitely. By the way, your view of advising is well represented on the UPIC.

Fall 2015 enrollment?
Stable. Which we consider a success, but we will have to do better.