Chancellor Alexander’s message on interim UW System President

Chancellor Michael Alexander sent a message to UW-Green Bay faculty and staff on June 19 regarding the new interim UW System President. His full message is below:

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

As you have probably heard, Tommy Thompson has been named the interim president of the University of Wisconsin System.  I am excited to work with President Thompson in his new role.  His experience as governor of the state of Wisconsin will be an asset to advocate for the needs of higher education during his tenure.  He also has served as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, which provides experience that is particularly relevant at this time. 

I am looking forward to my first conversation with President Thompson to tell him about the incredible work our faculty, staff, and students are accomplishing.  We have so much to be proud of at UW-Green Bay and I believe our mission and the work we are doing to realize it will fully resonate with him.

Best,

Michael Alexander

UW-Green Bay’s statement regarding Juneteenth

Juneteenth marks the day that enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom, two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. June 19th began as a celebration of the rights previously not given to Black Americans – congregating in large numbers, dressing nicely, and singing together. Today, we use the day to recognize how far we’ve come, how far we have left to go and remembering those we lost along the way to get to where we are.

We encourage you to take time today to learn, celebrate and take steps toward an equitable future.

See this resource if you are interested in learning more about the day, or ways to recognize and celebrate the day.

If you are in the Green Bay area, there will be a Juneteenth celebration in Green Bay Perkins Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Learn more here. All are welcome. This celebration does encourage attendees to follow CDC guidelines of wearing masks and 6 feet of social distancing.