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Snapshots: UW-Green Bay faculty, staff kick off 2013 with mid-year convocation

UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members gathered to prepare for a new semester Wednesday, Jan. 23, during the mid-year convocation event held at the University Union.

Smaller in scale than its August counterpart, the January convocation nonetheless fulfills the dual roles of celebrating achievements past and anticipating the semester yet to come.

Emceed by Prof. Cliff Abbott (in trademark red bowtie), the event kicked off with a celebration of service anniversaries for UW-Green Bay faculty and staff. From the 10-year honor celebrated by many to the 40-year benchmark achieved by just one (CPS Dean’s Assistant Mary Baranek), each honoree was recognized in front of the group. Faculty and staff emeriti were similarly honored, and received plaques acknowledging the milestone.

Convocation also included a significant honor for UW-Green Bay Prof. Phillip Clampitt, who was installed as the prestigious John P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communication. To read more about Clampitt’s honor and distinguished history at UW-Green Bay, click on full coverage here. The event also featured Chancellor Tom Harden’s mid-year remarks, summarized here.

After the program, attendees were treated to a luncheon in the Union’s Cloud Commons. Spring semester classes start Monday, Jan. 28.

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Clampitt installed as distinguished Blair Chair professor

Prof. Phillip Clampitt of the Information and Computing Science faculty has been honored at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with his selection to hold the University’s prestigious John P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communication.

Prof. Phillip Clampitt

Prof. Phillip Clampitt

Clampitt was presented a medallion signifying the honor Wednesday (Jan. 23) during UW-Green Bay’s mid-year convocation to open the second semester. The award was made by Chancellor Tom Harden and Provost Julia Wallace.

Clampitt, a nationally regarded researcher and writer on strategic and organizational communication and leadership, has been a member of the UW-Green Bay faculty since 1981. He succeeds retired colleague Timothy Meyer as “Blair Chair” professor, a position Meyer held since the professorship’s inception in 2005.

In making the presentation, Wallace described Clampitt as “one of this institution’s most accomplished researchers and effective instructors.”

Clampitt teaches in both the Information and Computing Science and the Communication academic units at UW-Green Bay. He received his doctorate in organizational communication from the University of Kansas. He has been published in leading management and communication journals. The Wall Street Journal and MIT Sloan Management Review highlighted his work on “Decision Downloading” which details how companies can effectively communicate decisions to employees and stakeholders.

His most recent book, Transforming Leaders into Progress Makers: Leadership for the 21st Century, co-authored with Boldt Company CEO Robert J. DeKoch, won critical praise. It combined original research with first-person stories of successful leaders, and offered strategy suggestions for progress-making leadership. Clampitt is also the author of the textbooks Communicating for Managerial Effectiveness, fifth edition; and Embracing Uncertainty: The Essence of Leadership.

Clampitt founded the consulting firm MetaComm and has completed communication audits and applied research projects with major employers throughout Wisconsin and beyond. In addition to many guest speaking opportunities in the United States, he has also been invited to speak internationally at The University of Pisa, The University of Aberdeen, The University of Ulster, and before numerous multi-national businesses and professional organizations.

Clampitt most recently held the title of Philip and Elizabeth Hendrickson Professor of Business at UW-Green Bay. He is a recipient of the University’s Founders Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

An endowed chair permanently adds a full faculty position in a focused area of importance to the donor and to the University. The chair is filled by a distinguished faculty member who has a national or international reputation in his or her field.

Since the Blair Chair became UW-Green Bay’s first endowed professorship in 2005, the University has been able to expand its communication offerings. Meyer, the original holder, says the Blair gift allowed his unit to expand the curriculum and offer more and advanced courses in public relations and, specifically, media planning and buying.

The John P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communication honors the memory of one of America’s early pioneers in the field of radio and TV advertising. In 1948, after greatly expanding his radio station sales-representative business, Midwest native and New York City ad executive John Blair established the first agency of its kind devoted to selling spot television advertising. Years later, his widow, Dorothy, would make the multi-million dollar gift to establish the chair. In doing so, she expressed her family’s respect for the University of Wisconsin, the quality of UW-Green Bay’s undergraduate programs in communication, and the region’s strength as a communication and media market.

Mid-Year Convocation set for 10:30 Wednesday

The traditional mid-year convocation of UW-Green Bay faculty and staff is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 23) in the University Union’s Phoenix Room. The agenda is as follows:


• Acknowledgment of employees celebrating length-of-service anniversaries
• Presentation of the John P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communication
• Presentation of faculty/staff emeriti plaques
• Remarks by Chancellor Tom Harden
• Complimentary buffet lunch courtesy of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc.

Highlights include presentation of Blair Chair to Prof. Clampitt
Prof. Phillip G. Clampitt of Information and Computing Science will be formally honored at Wednesday’s convocation with presentation of The John. P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communication. Clampitt succeeds retiring colleague Timothy Meyer as the holder of the University’s first fully endowed chair. Chancellor Tom Harden and Provost Julia Wallace will present Clampitt with a ceremonial medallion. We’ll have photos and additional detail about the honor in the next issue of this newsletter.

Clampitt will be new Blair Chair

Also announced Tuesday at Convocation – well, actually, it was “mentioned” or “shared,” as a more formal announcement and recognition ceremony will take place later this academic year — was the identity of the newest holder of the John P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communication. Chancellor Tom Harden revealed that Prof. Phillip Clampitt of the Information and Computing Science faculty has been selected to follow colleague Timothy Meyer as “Blair Chair” professor. The retired Meyer had held the honor since its inception, in 2005. Clampitt, a nationally regarded researcher and writer on strategic and organizational communication and leadership, has been a member of the UW-Green Bay faculty since 1981.