Campus says 'farewell' to Interim Chancellor Ward

Campus farewell to Interim Chancellor Ward

His stay was only about a year, but in that time UW-Green Bay Interim Chancellor David Ward kept the University moving forward, said Lou LeCalsey, chairman for the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees.

LeCalsey was among the speakers at a farewell gathering at the Weidner Center on Wednesday, May 27. Ward responded to the tributes (and good-natured kidding) by thanking the many friends, coworkers and colleagues who helped make the stay enjoyable for him and his wife, Judy. Ward turns over the reins to Chancellor-designee Thomas Harden on June 1.

Ward never settled into a maintenance mode, LeCalsey told the audience. He took two ideas spawned in the preceding Chancellor Bruce Shepard era — the Environmental Management and Business Institute and the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation — and pushed them toward becoming realities. And he navigated UW-Green Bay through turbulent state budget waters, all the while rallying the public for University programs, the arts and athletics.

Several speakers noted that Ward put aside his economic consulting business to return to his hometown and UW-Green Bay, where he got his start teaching finance about 40 years ago. Ward, who was later a professor and administrator at UW-Oshkosh and a vice president at UW System, was also a student at the UW Center in Green Bay.

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Interim Chancellor David Ward at his farewell reception with his wife, Judy.Chancellor Ward with UW-Green Bay supporter and friend Billie Kress.Chancellor Ward is visited by his neighbors, Bill and Yvonne Boettcher.Chancellor Ward chats with Professor Emeritus Charles Rhyner.Judy Ward says ‘good-bye’ to UW-Green Bay Trustee Bob Bush and his wife, Carol.Chancellor Ward shares a laugh with Professor Emeritus Ken Fleurant and his wife, Paula.Chancellor Ward was a newly minted professor in the early days of UW-Green Bay along with Professor Emeritus Ganga Nair (left, with his wife Elizabeth), Prof. Kumar Kangayappan, and Prof. Ismail Shariff (right).Council of Trustees member Bob Bush and his wife, Carol, wish Chancellor Ward well in his return to private life.Prof. Tim Meyer says ‘thanks’ to Chancellor Ward for a job well done.Longtime UW-Green Bay supporter Mike Meeuwsen and Phoenix Fund Board member Jeff Beinlich have a quick conversation with Chancellor Ward.Phuture Phoenix Director Kim Desotell and Institute for Learning Associate Director Juliet Cole thank Chancellor Ward for his support of continuing education programs.PUW System Regent Mary Quinnette Cuene, a UW-Green Bay graduate, shares a memory with Chancellor Ward.Council of Trustees member Donsia Strong Hill has a few words with Chancellor Ward.Emeriti Professors Paul and Thea Sager reminisce with Chancellor David Ward.Interim Provost Bill Laatsch presents Judy and David Ward with an aerial photograph of campus.Council of Trustee Chairman Lou LeCalsey said that Chancellor Ward didn’t maintain the University during his short stay, he moved it forward.LeCalsey presented Chancellor Ward with a crystal clock engraved with the symbols for the University’s Environmental Management and Business Institute and the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, two initiatives started in Ward’s tenure.Senior Executive Assistant to the Chancellor Scott Hildebrand shares stories about his working relationship with Chancellor Ward.Hildebrand gives Chancellor Ward a parting handshake.Council of Trustees member Don Harden, once UW-Green Bay’s associate chancellor and acting chancellor, helps Chancellor Ward unveil three plaques that will commemorate UW-Green Bay’s three interim leaders. The plaques, which will hang in the 1965 Room, are of Ward, Harden and William Kuepper.

Photos by Mike Heine,
Office of Marketing and University Communication

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