Chancellor’s Awards will go to Kline, Liebs, Weyers
Chancellor Thomas K. Harden has selected four individuals to receive UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to the institution. The awards will be made at commencement, 11:30 a.m. Saturday (May 17) at the Kress Events Center. This year’s honorees:
• Mike Kline is a 1988 graduate of UW-Green Bay who has served his alma mater and community for three decades as employee, volunteer and advocate. Chancellor Harden says he wanted to honor Kline, the first active employee in school history to receive the Chancellor’s Award, for his tireless energy and “absolute devotion to this University and to our students. He is wonderful ambassador and recruiter for UW-Green Bay.” Kline is entering his 28th season as Phoenix cross-country coach; in 1999 he accepted additional duties as academics coordinator for all Phoenix teams.
• Janet and Charlie Lieb have been dedicated, hands-on difference makers for UW-Green Bay’s Phuture Phoenix program. The Liebs were among the first community volunteers to sign on in support, have helped expand offerings into area middle and high schools, and have endowed the Janet and Charles Lieb Phuture Phoenix Scholarship. Both Janet, a 1993 UW-Green Bay grad, and Charlie, longtime president of PDQ Manufacturing, Inc., and chairman of the Green Bay Packers Foundation committee, are active in support of a number of non-profits and community causes.
• Larry L. Weyers, the former CEO and president of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. and Integrys Energy Group, supported University initiatives including the construction of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall as a national showcase for energy efficiency. WPS organized the “Solar Olympics,” sponsored a solar research station on campus, and supported faculty and student research. Weyers and his wife, Lois, have supported the Phuture Phoenix pre-college program, Weidner Center revitalization and more.
For photos and more details on each of this year’s Chancellor’s Award recipients.