Take a Scroll through UW-Green Bay’s Top 16 Moments of 2016

Friends, fans and family of UW-Green Bay have witnessed some monumental moments this year, bashing records, basking in international spotlights and celebrating major accomplishments. Take a scroll through the best moments of 2016 at UW-Green Bay:

Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball teams experience March Madness

030816_GB_v_WSU For the first time since 1994, both Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball teams clinched spots in the NCAA tournament after winning their respective Horizon League tournaments. It was the 18th consecutive Horizon League title for the women!

Campus hosts presidential candidates

25536822403_4d40eea324_b The year 2016 brought prominent presidential figures to campus. In March campus hosted an MSNBC nationally televised Town Hall Meeting hosted by Chris Matthews and featuring now U.S. President Donald Trump. April brought presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to the Kress Events Center. Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine made a visit to campus in November.

Regents recognize Cofrin Library

Library Honored by Regents The UW System’s Board of Regents bestowed the Regents Award for Excellence on the staff of the Cofrin Library on April 8, 2016. This is the UW System’s highest recognition for members of academic staff.

Largest-ever graduating class

2016.05.14-commencement Spring Commencement (May 14, 2016) set University records for both total master’s degrees and total degrees awarded. A total of 953 students where eligible to participate.

Reorganization brings new four college model

4deans After institutional self-reflection, four freestanding colleges have emerged, along with leaders stepping into roles that are among the most significant in the University’s history. The new deans will put business and community priorities front and center as UW-Green Bay grows.

Alumna Olympian takes home bronze

Canadian Rugby Olympic Medalists Former Green Bay women’s basketball standout Megan Lukan and her Canadian Rugby team brought home bronze medals this past summer at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Following a stellar basketball career at UW-Green Bay, Lukan jumped at an offer to return to Canada and play for the national Canadian rugby developmental team (a sport she had given up in high school to focus on basketball.) That led to making the Canadian Rugby Sevens Olympic roster in July and then, of course, winning bronze in August. The Phoenix Family was proud to cheer on their Canadian!

Phoenix painting paves the way for a new tradition

28784281283_e8fb9d16fe_b As a part of FOCUS (First-year Opportunities for UW-Green Bay Students) Orientation, Class of 2020 incoming freshmen painted the first-ever giant Phoenix between the University Union and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall on September 1, 2016. Organizers hope it is the start of a new orientation tradition.

50th Anniversary Mural dedication

Studio Arts Mural On Wednesday, August 24, the campus dedicated the 50th Anniversary Mural by alumnus Beau Thomas (’15). This 12′ by 13′ mural on the exterior of the Studio Arts Building (facing the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts) references scenes from UW-Green Bay’s 50 years of history. The Bluewhale Coffee House, once a Midwest destination for some of America’s leading blues performers, a Ferris wheel — with a nod to the 25-year run of Bayfest; Shorewood Golf Course; the Cofrin Library; the Shoe Tree; Phoenix athletics and the UWGB pep and marching bands, are also featured in the mural.

50th Anniversary Time Capsule dedication

29446082751_33bff2e4b0_b On Wednesday, September 7, a time capsule was dedicated, concluding the University’s 50th anniversary celebration. Among a crowd of University faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and friends, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, University Archivist Deb Anderson, 50th Anniversary Committee Chair Tracy Heaser, Trustee Lou LeCalsey and student Sean Gleason, placed the items that represent UW-Green Bay as it stands today into the new time capsule, not to be opened until 2065.

Largest Phuture Phoenix visit

Phuture Phoenix 2016 On October 14 and 15, a record number of fifth graders participated in Phuture Phoenix Fall tour days at UW-Green Bay. About 1,500 students visited classrooms, residence halls, the Cofrin Library and other parts of campus, and connected with hundreds of UW‑Green Bay student mentors who volunteer as tour guides. Phuture Phoenix tour days are a coordinated effort to inspire academic success and alert children to educational opportunities beyond high school.

Packers Partnership provides opportunities to students and alumni

30544463420_3d4104dcbc_o UW-Green Bay’s role as Higher Education Partner of the Green Bay Packers continued into 2016. The partnership, which began in 2014, has provided unique opportunities for the UW-Green Bay community. In 2016, UW-Green Bay hosted a sold-out Ted Talk-like event called Lambeau Lectures at Lambeau Field in March. In fall, UW-Green Bay veterans and military personnel were honored as they took to the field to present a large American flag during the National Anthem at the Green Bay Packers’ Salute to Service military appreciation game. Additionally, two UWGB alumni had the unique opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Lambeau Field this year.

Military Friendly, again

Veterans Reception For the eighth consecutive year, UW-Green Bay has been deemed a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, Inc, placing UW-Green Bay in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s service members and veterans as students. Factors that contribute to our ranking include UW-Green Bay’s high enrollment of active-duty and veteran students, a strong student organization (the Vets for Vets Club), a dedicated staff person for active-duty and veterans students’ needs, a dedicated veteran lounge and active programming and outreach efforts.

 Green Bay’s most famous playwright brings his show back to UW-Green Bay

cw_pte-weaa7swa After a run at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Prof. Brian Sutton’s Searching for Romeo returned to where it all began. Sutton is an associate professor at UWGB who teaches English composition and directs the University’s student Writing Center. He wrote both script and music for the play. His New York production was the winner of the 2014 Stage Rights/NYMF Publishing Award, a program of The New York Musical Theatre Festival. As far as we know Sutton is Green Bay’s most famous playwright!

Enrollment records broken

wgs-class-web This year brought UW-Green Bay’s highest enrollment and most diverse fall enrollment to date. UW-Green Bay saw significant gains in minority students, graduate students and “undergraduate specials,” including high school students taking college courses. This enrollment surge went against a UW System trend of lower enrollments.

Voices come together for first-ever Messiah singalong

messiah3 UW-Green Bay Music performs Handel’s Messiah biennially. For the first time in December of 2016, the performance included an audience singalong. Three local high school choirs, Green Bay Choral Artists, Festival Orchestra, and alumni soloists, joined UW-Green Bay choral ensembles for this year’s beautiful, festive performance.

Global Buzz over Snapchat acceptance

p1090571-copy In early December, UW-Green Bay attracted global media attention about its innovative practice of sending snaps on Snapchat to admitted students. It began with local coverage by WBAY and spread rapidly from there, including SeventeenNPR and Good Morning America. Check out the full list of coverage.

Former Naval Postgraduate School Provost to Lead Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay

Green Bay, Wis. — Douglas A. Hensler, Ph.D., former Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, has been named Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced the appointment today.

“I am delighted and extremely excited about the extensive academic and leadership achievements that Dr. Hensler brings to UW‑Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business,” said UW‑Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “His experience at leading in times of change, his experience as an entrepreneur and business leader and his extensive experience as an innovative university leader will be key as we work to advance the School and the University in the months and years ahead.”

Douglas Hensler
Douglas Hensler

Dr. Hensler will also serve as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Business Partnerships. In that role he will organize university efforts to develop and grow collaborations to support student learning and faculty research.

As the Dean of the Cofrin School of Business, Hensler will provide academic and administrative leadership and oversight for all Cofrin School of Business programs: including business administration — UW‑Green Bay’s highest enrolled major — accounting and the Master’s in Management graduate program.

Hensler will lead the Cofrin School of Business through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation process. He will manage expected growth as the school aligns with key economic and business sectors in Northeast Wisconsin. And he will develop a vigorous program of external networking opportunities with business including establishing partnerships to connect the Cofrin School of Business to the local and regional economy.

Hensler served as Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School from June 2013 to October 2015. He is an accomplished leader with deep ties to education, government and the global business community. At the Naval Postgraduate School, he was responsible for the masters and doctoral education programs to military and civilian students; continuing education programs for executives and leadership — both military and civilian and administered $120 million in research programs.

Prior to the Naval Postgraduate School, Hensler served at Wichita State University as Dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business — a leading business school in Kansas with a history of placing students in international businesses, innovative organizations and state-of-the-art industries. While at Wichita State, Doug led organizational changes that streamlined the Barton School’s ability to respond to students and companies, and collaboration initiatives with other colleges and schools at WSU. At WSU he led the successful review of AACSB accreditation. He served on the Board of Directors of the Wichita Business Coalition for Health Care, the UK-based GSE Research advisory board, and several editorial boards.

Hensler holds a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Washington, an MBA from the University of Portland and a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of California.

“In Doug Hensler, you are getting an internationally known, thoughtful business leader and an academic scholar who will bring entrepreneurial ideas and global connections to UW‑Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business,” said Ravi Pendse, Ph.D. Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Brown University. “He will be a great resource for the University and an amazing advocate for the business school.”

UW‑Green Bay Professor John Katers was named founding Dean of UW‑Green Bay’s College of Science and Technology in April. In June, Susan Gallagher-Lepak was appointed as the Dean of the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, and in mid-July, Scott Furlong was named Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Hensler’s appointment is the last in the University’s efforts to reorganize its administrative model to a four college approach to better align with the needs of the region.

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.

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Furlong named Dean of UW-Green Bay’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Green Bay, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller today announced the appointment and expanded role of Scott Furlong, recently named Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Furlong assumes the new role after serving as the Dean of UW‑Green Bay’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for almost a decade. Furlong is the third dean to be appointed in the University’s new four-college model, the first major restructuring of academic administration at the University in two decades.

Dean Scott Furlong
Scott Furlong

“Dean Furlong has a proven track record for moving academic efforts forward,” says Chancellor Miller. “His 23 years of service and his collaborative spirit provide stability and cohesiveness for this new college and our new model. We’re excited to watch the growth of programs under Dean Furlong and his team as we strive to meet the many needs of employers in our region.”

The Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences provides leadership for the University’s visual and performing arts, humanities, communication, computer and information sciences and social sciences programs. The Dean is responsible for budget, personnel, curriculum, strategic planning and constituent relations in promoting the University and the College.

“I have always believed in the value of a liberal arts education,” Furlong noted. “The knowledge and skills such an education provides are the best way to support our students’ success in whatever they choose to do in life,” Furlong noted. “I am excited about the future and the new programs we already have in development that will meet the interests of our students and the needs of the marketplace.

“I believe the faculty in the new College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are an extremely innovative group of tremendous teachers and scholars,” he said. “Many are nationally known scholars in their fields. Others are well known for the quality of their teaching. Most importantly, all of the faculty are extremely committed to student success and are at the forefront of many of the best practices promoted by the college and university community. Our faculty are also involved in a range of community outreach, performance, and research activities taking advantage of their background and passions to make the Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin community a better place.”

According to Furlong, new programs in the works for the College include online degrees in Psychology and Human Development, the creation of a strings program and Music Technology program (Music Department), and new emphases in Game Studies, Health Communication, and Digital and Public Humanities. Furlong’s extensive achievements include institutional and program development, including work to improve the undergraduate educational model, grant development, support of the first-year experience to improve student retention, and general education reform.

He has collaborated with other colleges to bring new academic programs and degrees to the region including engineering technology, an innovative and collaborative online Sustainability Management graduate degree, and the Environmental Management and Business Institute at the University. Furlong also served as the university liaison for the recent partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin.

“It has been my pleasure to work with Scott Furlong over the years, most recently in implementing three Engineering Technology majors (Electrical, Mechanical and Environmental), said John Koker, Dean of the College of Letters and Science at UW-Oshkosh. “Over the years, Scott has emerged as a leader among the UW System liberal arts deans. He is keenly aware of the pressing issues facing public higher education and brings good insight and problem solving skills to meet these challenges.”

Furlong earned a Ph.D. in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from The American University (Washington D.C.) School of Public Affairs in January 1993 and May 1987, respectively. He attended the Harvard Institute of Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) in 2010. Furlong was awarded a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) in May of 1985.

Furlong is published extensively (books, journals, chapters and reviews) particularly in subject area of public and regulatory policy. He is co-author of the popular textbook, Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives (Washington D.C.:CQ Press), now in the writing of its sixth edition.

Earlier this year UWGB Professor John Katers was named founding Dean of UW‑Green Bay’s College of Science and Technology and Susan Gallagher-Lepak was named Dean of the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare.

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. 16-67

Gallagher-Lepak Named Dean of UW-Green Bay’s New College of Health, Education and Social Welfare

University Announces Second Dean of New Four-College Model

Green Bay, Wis — University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller today announced the appointment of Professor Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Ph. D., to the position of founding Dean of UW‑Green Bay’s College of Health, Education and Social Welfare. Gallagher-Lepak is the second dean to be appointed in the University’s new four-college model, the first major restructuring of academic administration at the University in two decades.

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Susan Gallagher-Lepak

“We are fortunate that Dr. Gallagher-Lepak has agreed to provide the leadership needed to make our transition to a four-college model a success,” said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “Susan is just the person we need in the forefront of our effort at UW‑Green Bay to provide the best academic programs and partnerships to fill the workforce needs of our region, state and nation.”

The Dean of the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare is responsible for budget, personnel, curriculum, strategic planning and constituent relations in promoting the University and the College. The Dean provides academic and administrative leadership and oversight of interdisciplinary and disciplinary programs in the College.

Gallagher-Lepak has served as Chair of UW‑Green Bay’s Nursing programs and Director of UW‑Green Bay’s BSN-LINC (a national online bachelor of science in nursing) program since 2012. She joined the University as an assistant professor in 2003, advanced to rank of associate professor in 2010 and was promoted to full professor in 2015. She has an extensive record of scholarship (articles, book chapters and presentations to regional, national and international audiences). Her clinical experience includes more than 25 years in various roles including psychologist in rehabilitation settings (brain injury/stroke recovery), case manager, transplant clinical nurse specialist and dialysis nurse.

“The College of Health, Education and Social Welfare is an important resource to the community and region,” Gallagher-Lepak noted. “Our accredited programs prepare teachers, social workers and nurses, which are all in great demand today and critical to the health and vitality of every community in Wisconsin. At the same time, we have Centers that address select needs, such as the Education Center for First Nations Studies, which builds on our region’s rich ancestry. I’m excited about the enormous potential this new College has to meet the needs of the region.”

Gallagher-Lepak has been a leading advocate for the use of e-learning and technology to improve student learning. In collaboration with faculty peer T. Heather Herdman, she developed a mobile application called “NurScope.” The app uses universally accepted nursing diagnosis taxonomy to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of nursing diagnoses by nursing students, nursing educators and nurses. The app is available for purchase in Google and Apple stores and is used worldwide.

Most recently, Gallagher-Lepak has worked to spread the word about nursing and a nursing educator shortage in Wisconsin, and the repercussions it could mean to the region and state. Gallagher-Lepak and other nursing administrators have formed “Nurses for Wisconsin” — a partnership between University of Wisconsin System nursing programs to address the nurse educator shortage and recruit faculty. Ultimately, they hope to attract and retain more nurses to sustain the state and nation’s healthcare needs.

Kay Tupula, Dean of Health Sciences and Education at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, has worked with Gallagher-Lepak on the Executive Committee of ANEW (Administrators of Nursing Education in Wisconsin). “Susan is well respected amongst her nurse educator peers in the state and is always seeking opportunity to create effective relationships with both peer education institutions and with our healthcare partners. She is passionate about providing quality BSN and MSN education for the nurses in our community and nationwide.”

Gallagher-Lepak earned a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW-Madison in 1996, an MSN in 1989 from UW-Milwaukee and BSN from Marquette University in 1983. She holds current licensure in the state of Wisconsin as a Registered Nurse and Licensed Psychologist and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and Administrators of Nursing Education in Wisconsin (ANEW).

Additionally, she serves on the statewide BSN@HOME Steering Committee and has played an important role in the development of UW‑Green Bay’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Health Information Management and Technology, and Nurse 1-2-1 BSN programs.

Earlier this year UWGB Professor John Katers was named founding Dean of UW‑Green Bay’s College of Science and Technology. Both Deans appointments begin effective July 1, 2016.

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.

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University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Names Katers Dean of College of Science and Technology

GREEN BAY, WI – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller today announced the appointment of UWGB Professor John Katers, Ph. D., to the position of founding Dean of UWGB’s College of Science and Technology. Katers is the first dean to be appointed in the University’s new four-college model, the first major restructuring of academic administration at the University in two decades. Katers’ appointment is effective July 1, 2016.

John Katers, Ph.D.
John Katers, Ph.D.

“It is very exciting to have someone of Dr. Katers’ ability and national reputation to become the inaugural dean of the new College of Science and Technology, Chancellor Miller noted. “His leadership will be extremely important to our success.”

The Dean of the College of Science and Technology is responsible for budget, personnel, curriculum, strategic planning and constituent relations in promoting the University and the College’s programs. The Dean provides academic and administrative leadership and oversight of interdisciplinary and disciplinary programs in the College.

According to Miller, initial plans for the College place Human Biology, Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS), the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, and the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay partnership within the College of Science and Technology. The Chancellor noted that the plan is still under review and could involve additional programs and majors.

“It is a tremendous honor to be named the founding Dean of the College of Science and Technology at UWGB,” Katers stated. “Having been at the university for more than 25 years as a student and now a faculty member, I have realized the benefits of UWGB’s unique, solutions-based educational approach first-hand and look forward to fostering new opportunities in the sciences for students, faculty and the community. ”

Katers noted that setting a course for the future is even more of an honor as the University concludes its 50-year celebration. “It’s exciting to be a part of developing the vision for the next 50 years,” Katers added. “Our recent partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin and our new Engineering Technology programs are great examples of how we are aligning our courses and preparing students for the emerging needs of the marketplace.”

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved UWGB’s restructuring plan in December of 2015. By July 1, the University will be organized into four colleges to more strategically align the University’s educational programs with the growing commercial, social and cultural needs of the region. The four colleges are:

  • The College of Health, Education and Social Welfare
  • The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business
  • The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • The College of Science and Technology

“We are excited about the University’s efforts to reorganize and align with the community,” noted Dan Madigan, president of Feeco International, an expert in providing industry leading process design, engineering and manufacturing to the fertilizer, agriculture, mining and minerals, utility, paper, and chemical processing industries. “This is exactly what we need to be successful. We look forward to working more closely and collaboratively with the College of Science and Technology and Dean Katers on the challenges we face in the region.”

Katers has been employed at UW-Green Bay since 1995, initially working for the University of Wisconsin Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center as a Recycling Specialist before joining the Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) faculty in 1999. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2004, and promoted to Professor in 2012. He served as Chair of NAS since 2012, and has served as chair of the collaborative Online Masters in Sustainable Management (SMGT) program since its inception in 2012, a collaborative effort with UW Extension and four other UW campuses.

An award-winning educator and leader, Katers was named a Wisconsin Idea Fellow by the UW System in recognition of his outstanding public service and outreach to business and industry. In 2013, he was awarded a Fulbright Specialist position and worked collaboratively with faculty at the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile, on sustainability issues. He serves as director of the University’s Environmental Management Business Institute (EMBI). Katers holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Business Administration and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Marquette University.

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.

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John Katers Named UW-Green Bay Dean of College of Science and Technology

John Katers, Ph.D.
John Katers, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Greg Davis today announced the appointment of UWGB Professor John Katers, Ph. D., to the position of founding Dean of UWGB’s College of Science and Technology. Katers’ appointment is effective July 1, 2016.

“The Selection Team was impressed with John’s track record and leadership in forging community partnerships that strengthen the University, his contributions to the field of science and technology here at UWGB and his enduring commitment to the quality of the student experience and the Wisconsin Idea,” said Davis. “We are excited that he is a part of our new four-college model.”

The Dean of the College of Science and Technology is responsible for budget, personnel, curriculum, strategic planning and constituent relations in promoting the University and the College’s programs. The Dean provides academic and administrative leadership and oversight of interdisciplinary and disciplinary programs in the College.

Initial plans for the College place Human Biology, Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS), the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, and the partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay within the College of Science and Technology. Davis noted that the final structure for the college is still under review and could involve additional programs and majors.

“It is a tremendous honor to be named the founding Dean of the College of Science and Technology at UWGB,” Katers stated. “Having been at the university for more than 25 years as a student and now a faculty member (link to full bio/faculty page here), I have realized the benefits of UWGB’s unique, solutions-based educational approach first-hand and look forward to fostering new opportunities in the sciences for students, faculty and the community.”

Katers noted that setting a course for the future is even more of an honor as the University concludes its 50-year celebration. “It’s exciting to be a part of developing the vision for the next 50 years,” Katers added. “Our recent partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin and our new Engineering Technology programs are great examples of how we are aligning our courses and preparing students for the emerging needs of the marketplace.”

Katers has been employed at UW-Green Bay since 1995, initially working for the University of Wisconsin Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center as a Recycling Specialist before joining the Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) faculty in 1999. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2004, and promoted to Professor in 2012. He served as Chair of NAS since 2012, and has served as chair of the collaborative Online Masters in Sustainable Management (SMGT) program since its inception in 2012, a collaborative effort with UW Extension and four other UW campuses.

An award-winning educator and leader, Katers was named a Wisconsin Idea Fellow by the UW System in recognition of his outstanding public service and outreach to business and industry. In 2013, he was awarded a Fulbright Specialist position and worked collaboratively with faculty at the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile, on sustainability issues. He serves as director of the University’s Environmental Management Business Institute (EMBI). Katers holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Business Administration and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Marquette University.

Stay updated on the four-college model

In an effort to communicate progress toward implementation of the four college model to the campus community, the Provost’s Office has created a new link from the Provost Office website dropdown menu entitled, “Four College Reorganization.”  The link includes a proposed implementation timeline, past campus communications and relevant meeting minutes. Those interested are encouraged to check the page periodically (http://www.uwgb.edu/provost/) and share suggestions for improvements with Mat Dornbush dornbusm@uwgb.edu or Clif Ganyard ganyardc@uwgb.edu.

Regents approve more dynamic administrative model for UW-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents voted Friday (Dec. 11) to approve a UW-Green Bay request for the first major restructuring of academic administration at the University in two decades.

“I am extremely pleased the Board has supported our proposal to reorganize,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “This will help our ability to be more responsive to state and regional needs. It creates an administrative structure that is more in line with our peers. It gives us the flexibility to prosper in what is a dynamic higher education environment.”

With the restructuring, UW-Green Bay will move away from the two-colleges model currently in place to one in which academic majors, faculty, staff and resources will be aligned in four distinct colleges (or schools).

The four divisions will be:

  • The College of Health, Education and Social Welfare
    (formerly the College of Professional Studies)
  • The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business
    (formerly housed in the College of Professional Studies)
  • The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    (created from the existing College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
  • The College of Science and Technology
    (created from the existing College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Miller says the move from two colleges to four — to be accomplished in 2016 — is cost neutral but growth positive. The structure should enable deans to be more active and effective in targeting enrollment, outside grants and fundraising along with new partnerships and community engagement specific to their programs.

At its founding in the late 1960s, UW-Green Bay employed a five-college model but budget cuts and consolidation reduced that number during the 1970s. With the exception of 1990-1996 (when there were three), the University has had two colleges through most of its history.

Miller calls that model outmoded, given the rising expectation for universities and their administrators to expand programming and generate revenue. Noting the four-college model approved Friday is common for institutions of UW-Green Bay’s size and scope, Miller says 10 of 13 UW System universities have four or more deans, only Superior has fewer than UW-Green Bay’s two, and only one has three.

The new academic structure has been endorsed by governance groups including UW-Green Bay’s Faculty Senate and its executive council, the University Committee.

“The reorganization proposal was a community effort,” Miller says. “I am deeply grateful to the faculty, staff and student leadership for their great wisdom and courage in a time of great change.”

The Chancellor also credited the University’s Council of Trustees for endorsing the plan and its vision of an outward-oriented and entrepreneurial University, where deans are empowered to be more accountable for programs in their areas.

“We are most fortunate to have an extremely active and informed Council,” Miller says. “That group of business leaders helped us develop the proposal and advocate for it to the Board of Regents. I want to thank Council of Trustees Chairman Lou LaCalsey and Advocacy Committee Chair Craig Dickman for their work.”

At present, the two deans reporting to the University’s primary academic administrator, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Greg Davis, are Scott Furlong, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Sue Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies. Major programs in Mattison’s area are Business, Education, Social Work and Nursing, while most other academic programs at UW-Green Bay report through Furlong.

It is expected that searches aimed at identifying candidates for the newly created deanships will begin in spring 2016.

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Information on dean reorganization posted to Chancellor’s webpage


UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller has shared with faculty and staff a revised plan for reorganizing the University from two to four colleges. The plan — developed in consultation with the extended University Committee and made public earlier this fall — has been adjusted following subsequent consultation with faculty, academic units and others. In his Oct. 26 email, Miller distributed a budget model documenting the feasibility of a four-dean structure, and a list of FAQs. The information is archived online.