Lisa Jackovich named budget director

Julie Hendrickson submitted her resignation last week as UW-Green Bay’s budget director, effective immediately. With her departure, Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven has named Lisa Jackovich to lead the University’s budget function.

Jackovich has worked for UW-Green Bay for more than 10 years, starting as a senior accountant in the Controller’s Office. In 2013, she advanced to the role of assistant controller. Through these roles, she has gained a broad view of finances on the campus, as well as how UW-Green Bay’s campus budget aligns with the broader System budget. Jackovich’s familiarity with the University’s financial systems and her solid relationships with UW System staff and campus divisions are great assets.

Jackovich has a strong understanding of higher education and the important role the budget director plays in consulting and advising with divisional leaders and departments to ensure budgets are thoroughly developed and adequately managed and tracked throughout the year. Jackovich will begin her role on March 11, 2020. Divisional budget staff may continue to contact Andy Bleier, budget analyst or Tracy Van Erem, university executive assistant, with questions related to the Compensation Administration Tool (CAT) and the Plan UW budget system.


Join Huron and Sheryl Van Gruensven for new incentive-based budget model discussion

UW-Green Bay has been working with Huron Consulting to develop a new incentive-based budget model (aka, the RCM model). Huron Consulting’s Mike Cogan and UW-Green Bay Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, Sheryl Van Gruensven, will present the process for development of this new model, an overview of the model and next steps. Please join them for either of two presentations:

  • Wednesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1965 Room, University Union
  • Friday, April 19, 8 to 9 a.m., 1965 Room (postponed, TBD). Watch your Log for details.

You can also join the meeting via Skype.

Wisconsin JFC approved plan for UW System Budget

On Thursday, May 26, the Wisconsin legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) approved freezing University of Wisconsin System resident tuition for another two years. The legislative package also authorized Regents to create an engineering school at UW-Green Bay. WBAY, Washington Times and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had coverage.

Gov. Walker discusses higher education funding at UW-Green Bay stop

Governor Walker made a stop at UW-Green Bay Tuesday, sparking local media coverage. He discussed his two-year budget proposal which would cut tuition for resident undergraduate students by five percent and reinvest in Wisconsin higher education.

Governor Walker proposes 5 percent cut to UW System, Fox11, Feb. 7

Gov. Walker discusses higher education funding, NBC 26, Feb. 7

UW-Green Bay Annual Business Meeting

Chancellor Gary Miller and Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Sheryl Van Gruensven will hold an inaugural business meeting next week. It will include an overview of the 2017-2019 biannual budget process and discussions of ongoing work to advocate for the University, our current budget and more. There will be two sessions of the meeting, which will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in University Theatre, Theatre Hall on Friday, Sept. 30. View the Chancellor’s full invitation here.

Board of Regents approves plan, budget request

The UW Board of Regents approved today (August 19, 2016) UW System’s 2020 Strategic Framework and also the 2017-19 Biennial Budget Request to Fund the 2020FWD Initiatives. UW System President Ray Cross told the board the framework is designed to provide strategic direction for the UW System in four key areas:  the educational pipeline, the university experience, business and community mobilization, and operational excellence. The initiatives will help keep college affordable for Wisconsin families, develop the workforce the state will need in the future, reinvigorate the state’s economy, and enhance the lives of the people of Wisconsin. Read the full release.

Chancellor Miller and others to meet with key leaders in weeks ahead

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller says he and his leadership team will meet with key community leaders in the coming weeks to answer questions and get input on the UW System budget plan. “We look forward to a rich discussion in our region about the importance of investing in higher education in Wisconsin. At UW-Green Bay we are committed to being an important and value-adding partner in this region,” Chancellor Miller said.

Chancellor Gary Miller on the UW System budget

Chancellor Miller spoke with a steady stream of media members this week regarding an announcement by UW System President Ray Cross on next biennial budget request. Here’s some of the coverage:

WeAreGreenBay: Debate over tuition freeze

Press-Gazette: Chancellor to appeal to the public

WHBY: Chancellor’s react to budget request

WBAY: Leaders want to end tuition freeze

Fox 11: UW System leaders seek money from state amid budget cuts & tuition freeze

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller Releases Statement on Upcoming Biennial Budget Discussion

Green Bay, WI University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller issued the following statement today regarding the 2017-2019 Biennial Budget:

“In the coming months state policy makers will develop and approve the 2017-2019 Wisconsin Biennial Budget. I believe strongly that the future of the Wisconsin economy depends on renewed and smart investments in the state’s public colleges and universities.

Since the Great Recession of 2007-2008, virtually all job growth in the United States has been in jobs requiring a two-year or four-year college degree. Right now, there are 8.1 million more jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree than existed before the recession. The college degree is more important than ever.

For Wisconsin and Green Bay, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is more important than ever.

At UW‑Green Bay we embrace our mission to provide access to the college degree, support the regional economy through innovative business partnerships, develop high impact degree programs and lead in efforts to promote the commonwealth good in our urban environment. A UW‑Green Bay degree is one of the most affordable in the country and one of the very best.

Next week, the Board of Regents will approve a budget request for the coming biennium. That request is shaped by the new UW System strategic plan — 2020FWD: Moving Wisconsin and the World Forward —which is being finalized with input from more than 5,000 Wisconsin citizens who gathered in discussions or responded to surveys about the future of the UW System.

The strategic plan and the budget request directly address the challenges our community has placed on higher education. It shows how to move students toward a degree faster, it sets expectations for how universities mobilize business and the community; it seeks to make the college experience valuable for everyone and it sets forth operational guidelines to ensure that Wisconsin colleges and universities remain some of the most affordable and efficient in the country.

The evidence for reinvesting in UW‑Green Bay and the UW System is strong and can be found in the UW System Accountability Dashboard at We have also attached this important information. I look forward to visiting with many, many of you in the coming months to discuss how to continue to support this most precious community asset.”

About the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay

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