The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Mourns the Passing of Former Administrator, Donald F. Harden

This was originally posted on the Green Bay Athletics web site.

The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay is mourning the passing of former athletic administrator and university Associate Chancellor Donald F. Harden, Ph.D.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the Harden family in this difficult time,” said Director of Athletics Josh Moon. “Don was one of the key drivers in moving Phoenix Athletics to Division I – this was not an easy task and his vision, dedication and belief in this institution is something that we will always be grateful for. His legacy at UWGB will long be remembered.”

Named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Leaders by Green Bay Athletics, in 2019, Harden was part of the UW-Green Bay faculty and administration from 1970-1994, including serving as Athletic Director from 1982-1985. He retired in 1994 as the university’s Associate Chancellor, holding the rank of full professor. Among his many achievements at the University, he is credited with leading the move to Division I, creating the Phoenix Fund, and playing a key role in the development of the Mid-Continent Conference. Harden was inducted as a charter member of the Green Bay Phoenix Hall of Fame in 1993. He was also involved in a private partnership that built modern residence halls, assisted in the growth of the Founders Association in support of student scholarships and academics, and guided the University’s first capital campaign. His presence can be felt today at “Donald F. Harden Hall”, a residence hall built on campus in 1998.

In addition to his impact on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Green Bay Athletics, Harden joined the Board of Directors at the Green Bay Packers in June of 1984. He became an Executive Committee member in December 1985 before achieving Emeritus Status in July 2005.

Click HERE for the obituary.

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