Daniel Spielmann to be honored with Chancellor’s Award
UW-Green Bay retiree Daniel Spielmann will receive the Chancellor’s Award—the highest honor bestowed on a community member by the University, Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Fall/Winter Commencement. Among his many roles through a 36-year career with the University, Spielmann served as chief of staff; policy advisor to six chancellors; athletics director during the program’s rise as an NCAA Division I contender; interim assistant chancellor, legal counsel, and director of Major Gifts and Government Relations. He was also known for his passion for teaching, and his involvement in University fundraising and fiscal management, among many other contributions. The Chancellor’s Award is presented to individuals who have assisted in some significant way in the development of UW-Green Bay. Spielmann will be recognized at both ceremonies, 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Spielmann was a trusted advisor to anyone who sought his council. A man of few words, his advice was treasured by staff and administrators, alike. Described as a person of high integrity; he was persuasive in his role; assertive, but not aggressive. After retirement in 2015, he continued as a great friend to the University, providing pro bono council to the both the Athletics and Advancement divisions, and teaching in the Lifelong Learning Institute. He also turned his attention to a regional treasure—the Green Bay Wildlife Sanctuary—where he serves as president of the Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary (FOWL), and helped to spearhead a $3.2 million campaign to expand and enhance the Sanctuary. Spielmann continues his association with the University as president of the UWGB Retiree Association, a friend to all, and a fan of Phoenix Athletics. He and his wife Liz, supporters of the arts, live just minutes from campus and spend a great deal of time walking on UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Memorial Arboretum Trails. Liz and Dan created the Kurt Spielmann Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Music that honors their late son’s memory and helps music students realize and achieve their dreams.
Morning Ceremony: 9:30 a.m.
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Afternoon Ceremony: 2:00 p.m.
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