UW-Green Bay selects Green Bay native Werner to lead Advancement Division and Foundation
Green Bay, WI — Tony P. Werner will join the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and President of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc. Werner is the former President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Detroit. He returns to the region where he served as Director of Development for the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, from 1997-99, and also worked in development for St. Norbert College and St. Mary’s Hospital.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced the appointment Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Werner will begin his new duties immediately.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Mr. Anthony Werner to UW-Green Bay as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and President of the UWGB Foundation,” Chancellor Miller said. “Tony brings exceptional leadership experience in fundraising and management and we expect him to hit the ground running. There are a number of initiatives already in progress that are very important to both the University and the greater community. We are thrilled to have found an excellent candidate who is familiar with, and can read the pulse of, our region.”
Werner has nearly three decades of experience in fundraising, executive leadership, organizational strategy and planning and managing capital campaigns. He worked as President and CEO at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation from 2013 to 2016. There he was responsible for the fundraising operations and grant-securing opportunities to enhance child health via research, education and community outreach, while overseeing management of $100 million in assets.
Miller expects Werner’s broad range of experience to extend the effectiveness and reach of UW-Green Bay’s friend-raising and fundraising programs.
“Tony’s significant experience in all facets of fundraising and advancement coupled with his high-energy style is the perfect fit for UW-Green Bay,” Miller added. “We are a university on the move… A university in a unique situation to serve the region, the state and beyond, with exceptionally educated graduates. We look forward to the energy that Tony will bring as we grow enrollment and programming, and continue to partner with our community.”
From 2002 to 2013 Werner served as President of the Mercy St. Vincent Foundation, President of Mercy Children’s Foundation and President of St. Marguerite d’Youville Foundation II in Toledo, Ohio. Werner served as Director of Development for the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines (IA) from 1999 to 2002 and prior to his time at the Weidner Center, was the Director of Gift and Estate Planning at St. Norbert College in 1996-97.
While in Green Bay, Werner voluntarily headed a capital campaign, raising $3.1 million for the Old St. Joseph’s Parish in De Pere and directed a $750,000 debt retirement campaign for St. John the Baptist Parish. He has served as a Trustee for Sparky Anderson’s CATCH Charity for Children since 2013.
“I’m honored to return to UW-Green Bay and contribute toward the visionary goals supporting the mission of the University,” Werner said. “UW-Green Bay’s distinguished history in this region in higher education is nothing short of inspirational. Our advancement team looks forward to enhancing the student experience through our efforts in community engagement.”
Werner’s sons, Ben and Andrew, attend UW-Green Bay.
About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,700 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.