UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden met with two groups of close friends of the University and campus colleagues last week. On Monday, Dec. 6, founding and current members of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IEI), still in its early stages, met to discuss moving the Institute forward. Attending were Jack Riopelle, IEI president and retired business executive; Tim Weyenberg, president of Foth; D.J. Long, community and business leader, Kate Burgess, president of FulfillNet; Ed Thompson, former business and community leader and Therese Pandl, president and CEO Eastern Wisconsin Division of Hospital Sisters Health System and president and CEO of St. Mary’s and St.Vincent Hospitals, Green Bay. Representing UW-Green Bay business faculty were Marilyn Sagrillo, Don McCartney and David Radosevich. The event, at Oneida Golf and Country Club, was followed by an initial meeting of the newly appointed IEI Board of Directors. The board consists of Riopelle, Weyenberg, Randy Lawton, chairman of the Lawton Companies, Green Bay; and Chancellor Harden and Provost Julia Wallace of UW-Green Bay. The goal of the IEI is to develop and support innovative businesses that will create good-paying jobs, potentially created and filled by UW-Green Bay graduates.
On Wednesday, December 8, Chancellor Harden hosted a gathering of University friends and alumni to thank them for their commitment to connect and engage with UW-Green Bay and to update them on news such as enrollment, new buildings, athletics, and the outstanding work of faculty and students. The event was also held at the Oneida Golf and County Club.
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