On Friday, August 30, 2019, UW System President Ray Cross named Sheryl L. Van Gruensven as the interim chancellor of UW-Green Bay. Van Gruensven is the institution’s current vice chancellor for business and finance and has served in numerous roles at UW-Green Bay. Van Gruensven will replace Gary L. Miller, effective Sept. 30, 2019, who is stepping down to become president of the University of Akron. More via Van Gruensven Named Interim Chancellor of UW-Green Bay | Seehafer News.
Campus mourns the passing of Charles “Chuck” Wiseman, who passed away on August 30, 2019 at his home. Wiseman served as controller at UW-Green Bay for nearly 30 years, which, according to the obituary, “led him to having a second family in his colleagues and to being an avid Green Bay Phoenix sports fan.” He began his career on campus in 1971 as an account specialist and assumed the position as controller in 1977, retiring in January of 2006. In his role as controller, he provided professional support to administrators in the areas of accounting, budget preparation and monitoring, development of campus and UW-System policies and interpretation of state, federal and System policies. Wiseman was a longtime member of the University Golf League, serving as its treasurer for nearly four decades, and in 1986, was a founding member of the UW-Green Bay Women’s Basketball Cage Club—one of only a handful of women’s basketball booster clubs in the country at the time. He stayed on as the Club’s treasurer for 25 years.
He had this to say in his retirement letter. “I consider myself fortunate to have worked with and for some very considerate people in the 34 years I spent here. The campus has grown physically into one of the most beautiful campuses in the UW System. Our student population has grown to match the campus in size and quality… I will miss the people that make this University a great place to work and a valuable asset to Northeast Wisconsin.”
He is survived by his wife Roberta and his son Evan (Jessica) Wiseman. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Newcomer Funeral Home (340 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay, Wis., 54301) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. Read the full obituary.
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Green Bay, Wis.—Earlier today, UW System President Ray Cross named Sheryl L. Van Gruensven as the interim chancellor of UW-Green Bay. Van Gruensven is UW-Green Bay’s current vice chancellor for business and finance and has served in numerous roles at UW-Green Bay. Van Gruensven will replace Gary L. Miller, effective Sept. 30, 2019, who is stepping down to become president of the University of Akron.
Statements to the media regarding the appointment:
From Chancellor Gary L. Miller:
“I am extremely pleased and excited by President Cross’ decision to appoint Sheryl as interim chancellor of the University. She has played a major part in every aspect of the transformation we have undertaken at Green Bay over the past five years. Sheryl is responsible for developing the strategy to put us into a stable financial position after years of enrollment declines. She was fully involved in the development of our engineering proposals, the new mission and the expansion of our academic portfolio. Her work at the System level is highly respected and her opinion sought. She is the right person to lead the university during this period of transition.”
From Sheryl Van Gruensven:
“It is an honor to be named as the interim chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” said Sheryl Van Gruensven. “I thank Chancellor Miller for his leadership in transforming the University over the last five years, and for leadership from faculty, staff and students as we move this exceptional University forward. Through close collaboration with faculty, staff and students, we will continue to carry out the mission and vision which have led to four consecutive years of enrollment growth, increased academic offerings and an improved and sound financial footing.
I commit to work collaboratively with the UW Board of Regents, President Cross, the UW-Green Bay Council of Trustees, our newly expanded region in Northeast Wisconsin and the University community to offer any assistance needed for finding the next permanent chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.”
Van Gruensven will be available for interview/comments from 2 to 3 p.m. today, Thursday, August 29, 2019. Please make arrangements via Director of Media Relations, Sue Bodilly, firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-465-5502.
Press Release from the UW System
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2019
Cross names Sheryl L. Van Gruensven as interim chancellor of UW-Green Bay
MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has named Sheryl L. Van Gruensven as the interim chancellor of UW-Green Bay. Van Gruensven is the institution’s vice chancellor for business and finance and has served in numerous roles at UW-Green Bay.
“Sheryl is a well-regarded administrator and budget and finance specialist,” Cross said. “She has my full confidence to lead UW-Green Bay in the coming months.”
Prior to being named vice chancellor for business and finance in 2016, Van Gruensven had served in that role as an interim. She was UW-Green Bay’s director of human resources starting in 2005. She joined the institution in 2004.
The vice chancellor for business and finance is the institution’s lead administrator for budgeting, accounting, and fiscal control. The position oversees about 175 employees and a range of business operations and services, including budget, information technology, buildings and grounds, facilities planning, financial services, purchasing, risk management, human resources, and university police.
Van Gruensven has led UW-Green Bay’s efforts to create a new incentive-based budget model, eliminate a $3-million structural deficit while investing in key areas that have resulted in a fourth straight year of enrollment growth, and incorporate a new budgeting system and new services at the two-year campuses. Van Gruensven will replace Gary L. Miller effective Oct. 1. Miller is stepping down to become president of the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.
The membership of the Search and Screen Committee and the Special Regent Committee will be named soon.
Van Gruensven, who will not be a candidate for the permanent position, is well-regarded in the Green Bay community, on campus, and among the institution’s Council of Trustees. She is co-founder and co-leader of the Women’s Leadership group at UW-Green Bay and a board member of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Council.
The University of Wisconsin System serves more than 170,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. More than 80 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System institutions also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.
Students or volunteers whom are currently authorized to drive for the University will be purged from the system on August 31, 2019. See following note:
“Students who obtain authorizations within an academic year will be purged from the authorization list on August 31 of the academic year. It will be necessary for the students to re-submit the Vehicle Use Agreement after Sept. 1 of the next academic year to renew their authorization.All employees or students are required to report immediately to Risk Management any conviction or other action, which would negatively affect the minimum driving requirements.”
Green Bay, Wis. — Sgt. Dave Jones, the emergency manager and investigative supervisor for UW-Green Bay Public Safety, has been named UW-Green Bay’s Chief of Police, replacing Tom Kujawa who retired in April 2019. Lieutenant Jeff Gross has served in the role of interim chief since Kujawa’s retirement.
Jones, a veteran of the United States Air Force, will be officially sworn in to office and begins his official role as chief on Monday, August 5, 2019. The dedicated law enforcement official has 26 years of experience in the field and has been with UW-Green Bay since 2014. His background is a unique blend of federal, municipal, military and university law enforcement experience.
Jones has experience in felony level investigations, multi-million-dollar operating budgets and the supervision of dozens of law enforcement personnel. He previously served as the Superintendent of the United States Air Force Special Investigations Academy, and as the Criminal Justice Program Chair for a private university, leading to a strong background in policing in the academic environment.
Jones said he is honored and humbled by the appointment.
“I am extremely honored to serve as chief of police for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” he says. “The University Police Department takes pride in working together with members of our campus community to ensure that UW-Green Bay is a safe place to live, work, learn and grow. I am very humbled by this opportunity. GO PHOENIX!“
Jones has a strong understanding of university specific issues to include the Clery Act, Title IX, FERPA, HIPAA, bias incidents as well as student-focused community policing. He serves as the UW-Green Bay liaison to area law enforcement partners and holds key positions on joint teams (Brown County Child Abduction Response Team, Brown County Field Force Team, Wisconsin State Threat Liaison Officer, etc.). In the past year, he has been responsible for all law enforcement/emergency management coordination of the UW-Green Bay Project Coastal (Marinette, Sheboygan and Manitowoc campuses).
UW-Green Bay Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, Sheryl Van Gruensven, said that after reviewing a number of excellent candidates, what was obvious to the search-and-screen committee, was Jones’ depth of experience, extensive community connections and collaborative spirit that make him an ideal fit for the future of UW-Green Bay Police.
“Dave’s extensive experience and his vision for a safe learning environment together with strong customer service and a focus on community policing make him an excellent choice to serve as UW-Green Bay’s next chief,” Van Gruensven said.
Jones has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, American Military University, WV 2010; a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, American Military University, WV 2006; an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement Science, Community College of the Air Force, 1998 and an Associates Degree in Radiology, Community College of the Air Force, 1994.
He has received a number of awards and commendations through his career. Among them:
Senior Special Agent of the Year 2008
Lance Sijan Leadership Award 2007
Senior Special Agent of the Year 2006
UW-Green Bay Police Achievement in Criminal Investigation Ribbon (2017)
UW-Green Bay could be in line to receive part of $38 million for engineering labs. The University of Wisconsin System’s Board of Regents has asked the legislature for the funds in order to renovate facilities at ten Wisconsin campuses. via LISTEN: Smart Space | News | WTAQ.
Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance, Sheryl VanGruensven and Dean of the College of Health, Education & Social Welfare, Susan Gallagher-Lepak, will co-lead a new employee resource group (ERG) — Woman’s Leadership Network on May 15. Attend the kick-off meeting to learn about the mission, meeting format and plan for a summer book read: Date: Wednesday, May 15 from 2 to 3 p.m. Location: Alumni Room (103) in University Union
The mission of the Woman’s Leadership Network ERG is to “connect, encourage, mentor and help woman advance in higher education and community organizations.” This ERG will be a space to talk about women in leadership (or aspiring to leadership), both opportunities and challenges.
Please take time to complete the candidate feedback form for the Provost Search at no later than the end of business on Thursday, April 25. The Search and Screen Committee will be meeting on Friday to discuss the candidates and your feedback is important to the process. As to next steps of the process, the committee will submit to Chancellor Gary L. Miller areas of strengths and weaknesses for each candidate with the intent of presenting at least two unranked final candidates who the committee believes offer the strongest set of experiences, competencies and attributes to serve as the next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. An announcement naming the new leader will be made as soon as feasible with the goal for the new provost to begin work in the summer.