Listening sessions for chancellor search are Wednesday, Oct. 2

As the search committee begins the work of identifying a new chancellor for UW-Green Bay, you are invited to attend one or more of the listening sessions to be held on campus next week Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. The listening sessions will be administered by the chair of the search and screen committee, Regent Robert Atwell, and vice-chair of the committee, UW-Green Bay Prof. Michael Draney. All employees will have an opportunity to watch/listen via Skype. More details and links to follow on Monday. All sessions are open to the public. Session times:

Session 1:  Faculty and staff focus
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Alumni Room (UU 103), Green Bay Campus

Session 2:  Student focus
9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
Alumni Room (UU 103), Green Bay Campus

Session 3:  Faculty and staff focus
10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
Alumni Room (UU 103, Green Bay Campus

Session 4:  Faculty, staff and student focus
2:45 to 3:45 p.m.
Wombat Room (2114), Sheboygan Campus

All four sessions will be skyped to all four campuses.

These sessions provide an opportunity for members of the campuses and larger communities to offer thoughts and feedback as to the direction for the University’s next leader. Please note forum dates and times. Although forums are directed at particular stakeholder groups, all are open and all are welcome to attend any of the sessions. A Skype link will be available for those who cannot attend in person and we anticipate that the committee will take feedback from those who may not be able to attend via e-mail or survey. Those specific details will be announced on Monday via campus communications.

The search for a new UW-Green Bay chancellor began with the announcement by the UW System on the finalization of the search committee, Sept. 13, 2019. Please see the Board of Regents Protocol for the Chancellor Search & Screen Process for more information on the search committee selection process.

Chancellor Miller is presented with a Phoenix sculpture

May the Phoenix be with you

UW-Green Bay Council of Trustees Chairman Craig Dickman presented Chancellor Gary L. Miller with a replica of the University’s new Phoenix Rising statue at its September meeting. The gift from the Trustees symbolizes the transformation Miller has lead during the last five years and the deep gratitude of the Phoenix Family. Miller is leaving for the presidency at the University of Akron.

Search & screen committee appointed to find new chancellor | WLUK

A 13-member search and screen committee has been named to select the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The position is open following the departure of Gary Miller, who left to become president of the University of Akron in Ohio. See more via Search & screen committee appointed to find new UWGB chancellor | WLUK.

Gary and Georgia at the Miller's Farewell Reception

Photos: UW-Green Bay campus community says ‘farewell’ to the Millers

Following short speeches about a campus that transformed into a growing, urban-serving institution and a reminder of what a special place the University and the Green Bay community is, Chancellor Gary L. Miller thanked the campus community at a farewell gathering, Monday, Sept. 16. Miller and his wife, Georgia (Nix) Miller, will depart in a few days as he begins the presidency at the University of Akon.

“Wherever we have been and whatever we have done, we have done it together,” Miller said of he and Georgia. “I couldn’t have done it without her… We are deeply grateful for our time here… We will be watching. We will be back. Especially in summer,” he joked. “We wish you the very best. Go Phoenix.”

Prior to Miller taking the microphone, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric Arneson listed some of the highlights from Miller’s tenure…

  • Creating the four-college model
  • Creating the Resch School of Engineering
  • Completion of the partnerships resulting in the STEM Innovation Center, and
  • Creating confidence and an environment of inclusion, while fostering a community where everyone matters that has permeated the University and given all a sense of pride and purpose.

Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Foundation President Tony Werner thanked the Millers for generating and spearheading growing interest in the University, while Executive Director of Marketing and University Communication Janet Bonkowski said that although the University has accomplished much in the past few years, she believes that the Millers’ time here will be lasting.

“…we will be forever grateful to the Millers for inspiring us to leverage the powers of the Phoenix— to be innovative, to transform the University and to be proud caretakers of this place.”

“Thank you for believing in all of us,” she told the Millers. “Thank you for helping us believe in ourselves. Thank you for lighting the fire!”

Incoming Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven said that Chancellor Miller’s legacy will be “the transformation of this University into a strong regional comprehensive, access-driven institution that has grown for four straight years under his leadership, despite budget reductions.”

“…He never settled, expected more, insisted our voice be heard at all levels and knew the potential for this institution, and for that we thank Chancellor Miller and Georgia for their steadfast leadership at a critical point in time for higher education in this region and in the country,” Van Gruensven said.  “Chancellor Miller was the right leader, at the right time.”

She announced that Chancellor Miller will be receiving a replica Chancellor’s Medallion, which signifies “excellence in leadership and achievement at UW-Green Bay.”

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Miller's Farewell Reception, 9/16/19

– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Media statements regarding the announcement of interim chancellor at UW-Green Bay

Sheryl Van Gruensven
Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven

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, bodillys@uwgb.edu 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.

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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.

Media coverage: Chancellor Miller announcement

There was plenty of media coverage last week stemming from Chancellor Miller’s announcement that he was leaving UW-Green Bay for Akron University. See some of the stories:

UWGB chancellor leaving to take post at University of Akron, Channel 3000, Aug. 14

Miller leaving UWGB for job in Akron, Insight on Business, Aug. 14

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller named president of University of Akron, Press-Gazette, Aug. 14

University of Akron selects Dr. Gary L. Miller as new president, WKYC, Aug. 14

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Leaving For University Of Akron, WPR, Aug. 14

UWGB chancellor leaving for Ohio, WHBY, Aug. 14

UW-Green Bay chancellor accepts new role at the University of Akron, WFRV, Aug. 14

UW-Green Bay chancellor Miller leaving university, The Press Times, Aug. 14

University of Akron names Gary L. Miller as president, Akron Beacon Journal, Aug. 14

UW-Green Bay’s chancellor accepts University of Akron position, Fox 11, Aug. 14

Chancellor Gary L. Miller

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller announces departure

In a news release and a memorandum to leaders and the campus community, UW-Green Bay  Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced his departure today. After five years at the helm, he is leaving at the end of September to assume the role of president at the University of Akron.

“It has been a great joy and a deep honor for me to have been Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” Miller noted. “This is an exceptional university with great students, faculty, staff and a very bright future. The team at UW-Green Bay is the best I’ve worked with in my career. They are creative and fully committed to this University. The leadership team has a clear vision for the institution and knows how to get there. I wish everyone the very, very best. Green Bay and Wisconsin will always be close to my heart.”

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UW-Green Bay Chancellor leaving University on Sept. 30

Chancellor Gary L. Miller Accepts New Role as University of Akron President

Green Bay, Wis. — After five years at the helm, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller today announced that he is leaving his role as UW-Green Bay chancellor at the end of September to assume the role of president at the University of Akron.

“It has been a great joy and a deep honor for me to have been Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” Miller noted. “This is an exceptional university with great students, faculty, staff and a very bright future. The team at UW-Green Bay is the best I’ve worked with in my career. They are creative and fully committed to this University. The leadership team has a clear vision for the institution and knows how to get there. I wish everyone the very, very best. Green Bay and Wisconsin will always be close to my heart.”

Gary Miller
Gary L. Miller

Miller was named the sixth chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on August 1, 2014, arriving in Green Bay from the chancellorship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. During his tenure at Green Bay, Miller played an instrumental role in elevating the University in the state’s third largest economy by engaging community stakeholders and developing key partnerships to advance the institution. Most notable were the establishment of the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering and the hiring of an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at TitletownTech, a partnership with the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft.

“On behalf of the Council of Trustees, we would like to thank Gary and Georgia (Nix) Miller for the leadership they have shown at the University and in the community, said Craig Dickman ‘82, managing director of TitletownTech and chair of the UW-Green Bay Council of Trustees. “Their impact has been significant and will be felt for years. One of Gary’s lasting contributions is the University’s new mission and development of an exceptional leadership team. We are confident we have the leadership team in place that will effectively guide the University through the transition and into the future.”

Under Miller’s leadership, the University: reversed an enrollment decline and is on pace to realize the fourth straight year of increased enrollments with a more diversified student body, faculty and staff; addressed structural deficits in the midst of severe state budget reductions; established a four-college structure; revitalized the University’s program offerings to be more aligned with regional needs; enhanced D-I athletics with the development of the Kress Outdoor Recreation Complex; oversaw the expansion of the University’s footprint to include campuses in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan; and earlier this year, led efforts to change the University’s vision and select mission to reflect the needs of the region.

“Perhaps Chancellor Miller’s most important contribution was in helping our institution adapt to the new realities of higher education,” shared University Spokesperson Janet Bonkowski. “There is no doubt we are on the right path.”

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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UW System President Ray Cross and UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller join to discuss critical capital needs

Green Bay, Wis. — University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Dean of UW-Green Bay’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, John Katers, are urging public support for capital improvements of instructional spaces across the UW System, including an Electrical Engineering Technology Laboratory renovation at UW-Green Bay. Cross spent time touring spaces, and speaking with the media on Monday, June 10, 2019.

UW-Green Bay’s fast-growing Electrical Engineering Technology program has required use of retrofitted space to meet basic program needs since 2017. The proposed project entails the renovation of 6,300 square feet on the first floor of the campus’ Instructional Services building. The space requires extensive improvement to all of the mechanical and electrical systems and complete architectural renovations that meet instructional space needs for future engineering laboratories.

According to Katers, regional industry members have serious concerns about the lack of a future engineering workforce in Northeast Wisconsin.

“The UW-Green Bay Electrical Engineering Technology Program plays a significant role in producing the high-quality local engineering talent that industry needs to remain in business and competitive. Our program, however, cannot fully meet these demands without a laboratory space that can house the instructional equipment necessary to teach the curriculum that industry members and accreditation organizations require.”

The University of Wisconsin System is seeking $38 million in capital funding to modernize university classrooms to assist learning in high-growth STEM and other fields, including funding for the electrical engineering technology lab at UW-Green Bay. The classroom upgrades are part of a $1.9 billion capital budget request to repair, renovate and replace outdated facilities at campuses across the UW System.

“The goal of this project is to respond to the region’s engineering workforce needs while providing  UW-Green Bay students with a safe, functional and technologically-advanced Electrical Engineering Technology Laboratory and Physics Laboratory for coursework and research,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller.

UW-Green Bay’s Engineering Technology programs serve as a critical access point for the region’s large population of first-generation college students to enter into engineering degree programs and career pathways.

“Students and employers expect modern learning environments,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “Over 60% of the UW’s physical infrastructure is between 45 and 70 years old. Our capital budget provides real solutions to workforce challenges by renovating classrooms to best prepare students for success.”

Companies in need of engineering talent across Northeast Wisconsin have voiced their support for improved teaching space at the Green Bay campus. “A new lab space would really give the students the ability to learn the equipment before they come on-site and then they can really hit the ground running and make a big impact and create value to the company here at Georgia Pacific,” shared Steve Monroe, electrical engineering manager, Green Bay Operations, Georgia Pacific.

UW-Green Bay’s Electrical Engineering Technology baccalaureate program begins its fifth year this fall. Enrollment began in 2015 with just 11 students, and has grown to nearly 50 majors as of Fall 2018. The UW-Green Bay Electrical Engineering Technology program is the only Electrical Engineering Technology program offered by a UW System comprehensive outside of UW-Oshkosh.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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