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.
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.”
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.
GREEN BAY — University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller has named two community leaders — Betsy Mitchell and Christopher Howald — to the University’s Council of Trustees.
Betsy Mitchell is the owner of Mitchell Management Consulting company, which specializes in leadership and organizational development, executive coaching/peak performance consulting and strategic alignment and planning. She is the retired vice president of organizational development for the Green Bay Packers, a position she held from 2008 to 2012. She has worked in the organization since 1993 as the staff/player development consultant until being promoted to vice president. In the Green Bay community, she has served on nonprofit boards such as the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay. Mitchell has consulted with UW-Green Bay Athletics since 2002. She has an undergraduate degree in nursing from UW-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from UW-Madison.
Christopher Howald has been the chief executive officer (CEO) of Tweet/Garot Mechanical Inc. (a mechanical contracting firm with offices in De Pere and Wisconsin Rapids), since 2016. Before being named CEO, he was the vice president of administration at Tweet/Garot — a company his family helped found. Howald is responsible for setting strategy, strengthening culture and overseeing performance. Prior to joining Tweet/Garot, he worked as corporate counsel at Autodesk, Inc. He served as an associate attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati law office and was a law clerk to the Honorable Justice N. Patrick Crooks of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He serves on the board of directors for several organizations in the community, such as the Brown County United Way, NEW Community Shelter and the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, a law degree from Santa Clara University and an executive MBA from Notre Dame.
A full list of Council of Trustee members (November 2018):
Louis (Lou) LeCalsey, Chair
Craig Dickman, Vice Chair
Dr. Tina Sauerhammer Dean, Secretary
Diane Ford, Treasurer
Richard (Rick) Beverstein
Robert (Rob) Cera
Gerald (Cort) Condon
Terrance (Terry) Fulwiler
Michael (Mike) Jackson
Dr. Mokenge (Mo) Malafa
Elizabeth (Betsy) Mitchell
Matthew (Matt) Mueller
Thomas (Tom) Olson
Dr. Ashok Rai
Virginia (Ginny) Riopelle
Timothy (Tim) Weyenberg
James (Jim) Wochinske
Frank (Scott) Wochos
Cathy (Cate) Zeuske
Gary L. Miller, Chancellor
Eric Arneson, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Campus Climate
Gregory (Greg) Davis, Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Benjamin (Ben) Joniaux, Chief of Staff for Office of the Chancellor
Steven (Steve) Meyer, Secretary of the Faculty and Staff
Matthew (Matt) Vanden Avond, Alumni Association President
Sheryl Van Gruensven, Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance
Anthony (Tony) Werner, Vice Chancellor for Advancement / Foundation President
Selena Deer, Student Government Association President
Abbigail (Abbie) Wagaman, Student Government Association Vice President
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, 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.
UW-Green Bay Trustee Susan Finco is a powerful voice in the community. A feature in Women magazine shares the story about Finco and four other females that serve on the Green Bay Packers board of directors. You can read it here.
“The Unexpected” is the title chosen by Susan M. Finco for her address to University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduates and guests. A long-time University supporter and member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees, Finco is an exceptional example of a Wisconsin college graduate who has succeeded in business and serving her community. She is the Wisconsin Idea in action.
Finco is owner and president of Leonard & Finco Public Relations, Inc., an award-winning, full-service public relations firm located in Green Bay, Wis. The firm conducts business in the U.S. and Canada and has a national reputation for exceptional expertise in communication strategy, media relations, issues and crisis management. The company’s client base ranges from Fortune 500 firms to small businesses, and her firm is a certified WBE (Woman-owned Business Enterprise).
Susan began her career “on the other side of the desk,” working for more than 15 years as a radio and television broadcast journalist, including reporting and anchoring roles at both WBAY and WFRV TV. A highly respected and award-winning journalist, Susan won numerous awards for her work including regional recognition for a series on Liver Transplant and the AIDS Scare.
Her PR journey began in 1992 when she went into business with Charlie Leonard, a public relations pioneer in Northeast Wisconsin. Over the years, the firm has received more than 30 Awards of Excellence from the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Susan is a sought-after public speaker on a variety of communication topics and a trusted advisor to organizations of all sizes. She is a valued member of the Board of Directors and serves on the Executive Committee of both the Green Bay Packers and Society Insurance. She also serves the Council of Trustees for the U.S. Army War College Foundation, Bellin Health System, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Council of Trustees and Huntington Bank of Wisconsin.
Susan’s passion and commitment to community and serving others are inspiring. She has served as Chairperson of the Board for the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Rotary International – Downtown Green Bay, and is a member of the Public Relations Society of American and the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association.
She was awarded the Green Bay Rotary Free Enterprise Award in 2015 (the first female recipient), the Green Bay Chamber’s Cornerstone Award, named the Small Business Person of the Year by the Chamber in 2002, is a Green Bay Chamber Athena Award recipient and was recognized as UW-Milwaukee’s Fox Valley Alumni of the Year — the first recipient of the award.
Susan also shares her time and talents to raise needed funds for important community initiatives, and has been a part of teams which have raised $53.1 million dollars for various community and campus campaigns. She also helped found the annual “A Pair and a Spare: The Undercover Challenge,” a campaign to provide socks and underwear for people in need. The effort has collected more than 100,000 items since it began and is still going strong.
Susan Finco demonstrates that both businesses and communities thrive when people selflessly share their time and talents. Susan was born and raised in Cudahy, Wis. and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She and her husband, Ed Kralovec, reside in De Pere, Wis. and treasure time with family and traveling.
Former U.S. Representative Reid Ribble is most recent addition
Green Bay, Wis. —A number of Northeastern Wisconsin business and community leaders accepted invitations to join the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Chancellor’s Council of Trustees exists to advance the mission and service of the University through the acquisition of philanthropic support essential for creating a margin of excellence in all University activities.
Reid Ribble is the newest member of Chancellor’s Council of Trustees. Ribble served as the United States Representative for Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District from 2011 to 2017. He joined the council in 2017.
Joining in 2016:
-Cordero Barkley ’09, UW-Green Bay alumnus, senior client advisor, Associated Bank, Green Bay
-Terry Fulwiler, former CEO of WS Packaging Group, heavily involved in philanthropy at UW-Green Bay with particular interest in the Phuture Phoenix program. Fulwiler also serves as the chairman of the Green Bay Packers Foundation
-David Martin, fourth-generation leader of HJ Martin & Sons, Green Bay
-Paul Northway ’90, President of American National Bank Fox Cities, Appleton
-Ashok Rai, President and CEO of Prevea Health, Green Bay
-Tina Sauerhammer Dean ’99, plastic surgeon, Prevea Health, Green Bay
-Chair, Louis (Lou) LeCalsey, former President and CEO, Tufco Technologies, Green Bay
-Vice Chair, Virginia (Ginny) Riopelle, ’70, Civic Leader, Green Bay
-Treasurer, Diane Ford, ’75, Retired Vice President and Controller, Integrys Energy Group, Green Bay
-Secretary, Tina Sauerhammer Dean ’99, plastic surgeon, Prevea Health
-Cordero Barkley ’09, senior client advisor, Associated Bank, Green Bay
-Dean Basten, ’89, Secretary/Treasurer, Miron Construction, Neenah
-Richard (Rick) Beverstein, Senior Vice President, AON Risk Services, Green Bay
-Robert Bush, Chair Emeritus, Schreiber Foods, Green Bay
-Robert Cera, ’84, Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President, Greenwoods State Bank, Lake Mills
-Gerald (Cort) Condon, Attorney & CPA, Condon & Herald, Green Bay
-Craig Dickman, ’82, Founder and CEO, Breakthrough Fuel, Green Bay
-Susan Finco, President, Leonard & Finco Public Relations, Green Bay
-Terry Fulwiler, former CEO, WS Packaging Group, Green Bay Packers Foundation Board Chairperson
-Beth Gochnauer, Chairperson, Gochnauer Family Foundation, New Franken, Wis.
-Michael Jackson, ’76, Retired President and COO, SuperValu Stores, Inc., Celebration, Fla.
-Mark King, ’81, President, adidas Group North America, Portland, Ore. and Carlsbad, Calif.
-Carl Kuehne, retired president, American Foods Group LLC., Green Bay
-Mokenge Malafa, ’82, Division Chief Gastrointestinal Malignancies, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fla.
-David Martin, fourth-generation leader of HJ Martin & Sons, Green Bay
-Mark McMullen, Retired Vice Chairman, Associated Banc-Corp, Green Bay
-Matt Mueller, Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO, Schreiber Foods, Green Bay
-Mark Murphy, President and CEO, Green Bay Packers, Green Bay
-Paul Northway ’90, President of American National Bank Fox Cities, Green Bay
-Thomas Olson, Retired President, Sonoco-U.S. Paper Mills Inc., member, Green Bay Packers Executive Committee, Green Bay
-David Pamperin, ’74, Retired President and CEO, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Green Bay
-Ashok Rai, President and Chief Executive Officer of Prevea Health, Green Bay
-Reid Ribble, former U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District, Elmhurst, Ill.
-Kramer Rock, President, Temployment, Inc., Green Bay
-Mark Skogen, President and CEO, Skogen’s Festival Foods, Green Bay
-Sahil Tak, Vice President, ST Paper LLC, Oconto Falls
-James (Jim) Wochinske, ’74, President and Owner, Pomp’s Tire and Auto Service, Inc., Green Bay
-Scott Wochos, former President of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association; Retired Senior Vice President, Green Bay Packaging, Inc.
About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,030 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.
Green Bay, WI — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Business Week 2016 will feature a national business leader with Midwest roots and a long history of working with successful organizations. Richard W. Gochnauer, retired (2011) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of United Stationers, Deerfield, Ill. will present the keynote address at UW-Green Bay’s Business Week Keynote Networking Dinner.
The event will be held from 5:00 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, March 31 on the stage of UWGB’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, with the dinner beginning at 5:45 p.m. The event engages business leaders and top students in an evening of networking, conversation and learning. Gochnauer is expected to use his past leadership and insight to speak about the keys to business success and the future of business leadership in the United States. The title of his keynote address will be, “Lessons Learned: Implications for Business Today and in the Future.”
Gochnauer joined United Stationers (now Essendant) in July 2002 as Chief Operating Officer and Director. In December 2002, he was named the company’s President and CEO. United Stationers is a leading wholesale distributor of office and business products. From 1994 until he joined United, Gochnauer held the positions of Vice Chairman and President, International, and President COO of Golden State Foods (GSF), a privately held food company that manufactures and distributes food and paper products for McDonald’s Corporation and other customers in 55 countries. Prior to GSF, he served as Executive Vice President of the Dial Corporation; President of the Stella Cheese Company, a division of Universal Foods; and as President of the international division of Schreiber Foods, Inc.
Gochnauer earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. He serves on the boards of AmerisourceBergen Corporation, UGI Corporation, and Golden State Foods. His non-profit work includes service on the boards of Rush University Medical Center Chicago, Opportunity International Global Board and the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership. He is a past board member for the Saint Joseph Ballet, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Rising Tide Transitional Housing, the Foundation for Christian Fellowship, and the Green Bay, Milwaukee and Phoenix YMCAs. The Gochnauers also have a named Phuture Phoenix Endowed Scholarship at UWGB.
Gochnauer, has strong ties to Green Bay. Both his father and grandfather were residents of the area. Gochnauer spent his summers in Green Bay as a child. He and his wife Beth — a member of the UWGB Chancellor’s Council of Trustees/Foundation Board — have two adult children and three grandchildren.
In its sixth year, Business Week has proven valuable to both business leaders and students in the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Students are able to add to their classroom learning by participating in a variety of events, all of which include community business leaders. Events leading up to the keynote, such as the Learning to Dine Like a Professional Etiquette Lunch and Mock Interview Day help students develop the interpersonal and professional acumen expected of business professionals. The Job and Internship Fair and Elevator Pitch Competition & Networking Night give students the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and become more than a name on a resume. The event is sponsored by UWGB’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and the Office of Career Services.
Cost of the event is covered by private sponsorship. Seating is limited. If interested in attending, contact Beverly Hendricks, administrative assistant for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, 920-465-2044 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
Already broadcast campuswide but repeated here for the record: Chancellor Gary L. Miller has announced that Lou LeCalsey has agreed to continue in his role as Chair of the UWGB Council of Trustees. LeCalsey has been the one and only leader of the community advocacy and support group since the council’s founding in 1998. “At this time of great opportunity for the university, it is my desire to shape our interaction with the Trustees in order to organize their great influence in support of our strategy,” Miller wrote in a memo to the campus community. “Having Lou continue in his role will lend continuity and extraordinary experience to this process.”
Members of the UW-Green Bay Foundation Board of Directors and the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees take serious their support of the University and involvement in campus activities. A total of eight Trustees (ID’d above) volunteered their time to participate in mid-year commencement on Dec. 19 at the Weidner Center. As members of the platform party, they demonstrated community solidarity with the campus from their front-row seats on stage, and helped welcome the newest 400 graduates to the UW-Green Bay alumni ranks. The green stoles designate members of the influential campus-community advocacy group.
The UW-Green Bay community celebrated and remembered campus and community military veterans Nov. 11, honoring them with the annual Chancellor’s Veteran Reception in the Phoenix Room of the University Union.
The UW-Green Bay Veterans Day tradition honors past and present service members from all branches of the U.S. military, and specifically recognizes UW-Green Bay students who have returned to school to obtain their degrees.
Retired UWGB Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Kelly Franz earned special recognition for his deep commitment to military and their families on the UWGB campus.
“We in this country, we enjoy our prosperity and our liberties and I am deeply grateful for the sacrifices and great honor you show to our great nation,” Chancellor Gary L. Miller said, offering welcome remarks on behalf of himself and his wife, Georgia Miller.
The longtime president of UWGB’s Council of Trustees, the school’s first soccer coach and veteran of the United States Marines, Lou LeCalsey, provided perspective on the day’s events.
“As UWGB celebrates 50 years and we are commemorating many different facets of University history this fall, one of the very strongest traditions here involves the commitment to recruit, assist and graduate students who are veterans,” he said.
“…I will forever be proud of my association with UWGB, for many reasons, but that particular commitment ranks near the top.”
LeCalsey also announced that UWGB has been named a “Military Friendly School” for the seventh consecutive year, for going above and beyond to provide services to the military and their families. And then his sentiments turned more somber…
“Yet, on this 96th anniversary of the first Veterans Day… it is impossible not to remember those who died in service. Nor can we forget the ‘delayed’ victims of conflict — those never able to find peace, those who failed to make it ‘all the way home’… Friends, family, current or former military, we are all integral to the great fabric of the United States of America.
“Memorial Day… Veterans Day… Every Day… We treasure our freedom, this nation’s remarkable history, and the men and women who make it possible.”
UW-Green Bay alumnus Staff Sgt. Jared Spude offered an impassioned keynote for the event, echoing the call that veterans should be recognized not only on Veterans Day, but every single day of their lives.
“What I am is a Staff Sgt in the U.S. Army and I am here to motivate you, challenge you, and remind you what this day is all about and take time every single day to think about those who serve.”
Spude ended his remarks with this message: “I encourage you to make time to reflect on what it means to be free and what it has taken to get to where we are today. We walk among heroes every single day who have sacrificed everything for something so much bigger than themselves.”