Gary and Georgia at the Miller's Farewell Reception

Photos: UW-Green Bay campus community says ‘farewell’ to the Millers

Following short speeches about a campus that transformed into a growing, urban-serving institution and a reminder of what a special place the University and the Green Bay community is, Chancellor Gary L. Miller thanked the campus community at a farewell gathering, Monday, Sept. 16. Miller and his wife, Georgia (Nix) Miller, will depart in a few days as he begins the presidency at the University of Akon.

“Wherever we have been and whatever we have done, we have done it together,” Miller said of he and Georgia. “I couldn’t have done it without her… We are deeply grateful for our time here… We will be watching. We will be back. Especially in summer,” he joked. “We wish you the very best. Go Phoenix.”

Prior to Miller taking the microphone, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric Arneson listed some of the highlights from Miller’s tenure…

  • Creating the four-college model
  • Creating the Resch School of Engineering
  • Completion of the partnerships resulting in the STEM Innovation Center, and
  • Creating confidence and an environment of inclusion, while fostering a community where everyone matters that has permeated the University and given all a sense of pride and purpose.

Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Foundation President Tony Werner thanked the Millers for generating and spearheading growing interest in the University, while Executive Director of Marketing and University Communication Janet Bonkowski said that although the University has accomplished much in the past few years, she believes that the Millers’ time here will be lasting.

“…we will be forever grateful to the Millers for inspiring us to leverage the powers of the Phoenix— to be innovative, to transform the University and to be proud caretakers of this place.”

“Thank you for believing in all of us,” she told the Millers. “Thank you for helping us believe in ourselves. Thank you for lighting the fire!”

Incoming Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven said that Chancellor Miller’s legacy will be “the transformation of this University into a strong regional comprehensive, access-driven institution that has grown for four straight years under his leadership, despite budget reductions.”

“…He never settled, expected more, insisted our voice be heard at all levels and knew the potential for this institution, and for that we thank Chancellor Miller and Georgia for their steadfast leadership at a critical point in time for higher education in this region and in the country,” Van Gruensven said.  “Chancellor Miller was the right leader, at the right time.”

She announced that Chancellor Miller will be receiving a replica Chancellor’s Medallion, which signifies “excellence in leadership and achievement at UW-Green Bay.”

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Miller's Farewell Reception, 9/16/19

– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Tony Bennett - 50 Most influential leaders

Join in the celebration of 50 years of Green Bay athletics

Dick and Tony Bennett are first named to  ‘Most Influencial’ list

The year 2015 marked the 50-year anniversary of UW-Green Bay. Four years later, campus and community is celebrating 50 years of Green Bay Athletics. The Athletics program was first established in 1969 competing at the NAIA and Division II levels before joining Division I collegiate athletics in 1980.

To celebrate and recognize the prominent figures that have helped shape the program into what it is today—a competitive Division I program producing exceptional students and athletes—Athletics is releasing a list of the “Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Green Bay Athletics History.” This list was comprised with input from past and present administrators, staff, coaches, student-athletes, University communications staff and community members.

In order to be selected, the individual must have, in some way, helped change the trajectory of Athletics, shaped the brand of the program, set a standard for excellence, or provided a key investment that positively changed the program. Influential leaders will be released each week throughout the academic year in a non-ranked alphabetical order.

On Sept. 5, the first member of this group was announced, former Green Bay men’s basketball Head Coach Dick Bennett. Bennett was foundational in cementing UW-Green Bay as one of the premier Division I programs in the country. He coached the team from 1985-1999 while leading the Phoenix to three NCAA Division I tournament appearances, including the University’s only trip to the second round in 1994.

Coach Dick Bennett’s son, Tony Bennett, was the second individual announced on Sept. 13. Tony Bennett was a player for the University from 1989-1992 before becoming a second-round NBA draft pick. Currently, UW-Green Bay remains in the national spotlight every year thanks to Tony Bennett’s success coaching the Virginia Cavaliers, who won the Division I Men’s College Basketball National Championship in 2019.

In addition to the Top 50 list, there are a number of significant events planned throughout the year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of UW-Green Bay Athletics:

The 50th Fall Kickoff Barbecue, takes place on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Aldo Santaga Stadium, when men’s soccer hosts Cleveland State at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, there will be a tailgate with live music, food, and beer beginning at 5:30 p.m, followed by a brief address from Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie at 6:30 p.m. All former athletes, coaches and staff will be invited, including the 50th anniversary team from the 1969-1970 inaugural season, who will be recognized during halftime of the game.

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus to Host Wisconsin Education Fair, Tuesday, Sept. 24

Marinette, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus will host a Wisconsin Education Fair for high school students, parents and prospective adult students on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Marinette Campus Field House, 1125 University Drive.

This event will provide an opportunity to learn about the programs of 65 post-secondary institutions. Representatives of community colleges, public and private universities and colleges, vocational schools, trade schools, and branches of the military will be present to talk about the many educational opportunities available.

Local high school counselors have more information, and high school students are encouraged to contact their counselor for more information on attending the Wisconsin Education Fair.

Please contact Blake Pogrant at 715-504-3303 for more information.


UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus to Host ‘College Goal Wisconsin’ Event

Families can receive help filling out FAFSA forms

Marinette, Wis. —  The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus will host “College Goal Wisconsin” on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 at 6 p.m., Main Building, Room M-117.
This event helps students and parents complete the FAFSA documents needed to obtain federal financial aid. It is highly recommended that a dependent student attends the event with a parent or legal guardian so the FAFSA forms can be submitted that evening. Students that attend this event will also have a chance to win a scholarship.

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Please contact UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Student Services at 715-735-4301 for more information. business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit