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Op-Ed: ‘Wisconsin’s NEW Coastal University’

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller penned the following column for USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.

Portrait: Chancellor Miller

Chancellor Miller

Transformational change in higher education is coming to Northeast Wisconsin. The UW Campuses in Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Marinette are proposed to soon become, pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission, branch campuses of UW-Green Bay. With this restructuring, Northeast Wisconsin has an extraordinary opportunity for partnership, higher education access and economic development.

We have set an important and difficult goal: Create a unified four campus university where all students have access to all programs (associates through graduate degrees) no matter where they enter. We are also committed to allowing access to our continuing education, professional credentialing and graduate degrees to those who have not had access to these educational opportunities.

Achieving this goal will take time and an extraordinary amount of creativity and teamwork.  Currently, we have dozens of individuals from all four campuses working toward a smooth transition on July 1, 2018.  My leadership team and I have been meeting with local business and community leaders, county boards and educators in the regions.

With the proposed addition of the three new campuses, our natural geographic region grows to 16 counties. The region includes a large and vibrant manufacturing sector, a significant healthcare sector and a rich tapestry of business and non-profit enterprises.

All four campuses support vibrant art and music programs and serve as a hubs of community activity.  The physical facilities of the three new campuses are supported by citizens through county government.


The region includes a striking rural-urban transition that presents nearly every contemporary post-secondary educational need and opportunity.  The “start here finish anywhere” philosophies of the UW Colleges coupled with the lower tuition offer an opportunity for a world class University of Wisconsin education at an extremely affordable price.

And, of course, the footprint of the new coastal UW-Green Bay includes nearly one-half of the Wisconsin coastline on the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem and some of the most pristine and desirable natural areas and tourist spots in the country. We plan to take our storied history of water conservation and ecological innovation to create opportunities found nowhere else in the world.

We are incredibly fortunate to have some key partners in this important initiative. The Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Marinette County governments have demonstrated a deep commitment to higher education in their regions and we hope to nurture and extend those partnerships.

Perhaps the most important assets we bring to this undertaking is the broad and integrative partnership we have developed with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC).  And, the most important potential asset is the relationship now emerging with Lakeshore Technical College.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a University on the rise. This past February, we established the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, the first School of Engineering in Northeast Wisconsin. We are one of the few universities in Wisconsin to grow enrollment, and we are part of the best internationally branded city in the state because of our educational partners, the Green Bay Packers. We will take this spirit of innovation to our new communities. Beginning in the coming fall, we will undertake a region-wide assessment of higher education needs, economic drivers and partnership opportunities on the way to the development of a strategic framework for the new UW-Green Bay. Later this summer, we will initiate a process to engage all communities in helping determine the future of the new UW-Green Bay. We may be calling on you or your business to be involved in this process. I hope you will embrace the opportunity and join with us to transform higher education in our region. Our success is your success. So is our future. Go Phoenix!

Gary L. Miller
UW-Green Bay

Performance-Based Funding Distribution

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor emailed the following memorandum on Thursday, May 31, 2018 notifying UW-Green Bay employees of an anticipated allocation of approximately $630,000 in ongoing performance-based funding from the State of Wisconsin in 2018-19.

Memo: Performance-Based Funding Distribution

Memo: Performance-Based Funding Distribution
To: UW-Green Bay Employees
From: Gary L. Miller
Date: May 31, 2018

Employee Appreciation Week 2018

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller sends the following message to faculty and staff:

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

I hope you are enjoying Employee Appreciation Week, a special time set aside to enjoy the camaraderie of those we work with and to say thank you. Your dedicated service and commitment to UW-Green Bay, our students, and the State of Wisconsin is remarkable.

In ways large and small, your work touches the lives of many people every day. Watch our video to see how much we need you and your talents at UW-Green Bay.

As we celebrate you this week, I am especially excited to announce the return of the Phoenix Friday Every Day Initiative this summer. It was fantastic to see your Phoenix pride on full display last summer, and I invite you to do the same this year! You’ll see that the full calendar of events for this week includes Bookstore specials that will help you replenish your supply of green gear. Other events include:

  • Tuesday – Hitch a Ride with Leadership Golf Cart Rides
  • Wednesday – “I’m a Phoenix Photo” and Faculty and Staff Cookout
  • Thursday – Team Building Fun on the Plaza and After Hours Happy Hour
  • Friday – Phoenix Friday and Plant Sale

The challenges we encounter in higher education we face together. I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a talented workforce of people dedicated to delivering on our mission and am proud of what we’ve accomplished together this year. Our future at UW-Green Bay is bright.

Simply put, there’s no UWGB without U. I hope you are enjoying the activities taking place this week and a semester end filled with great accomplishments.

Thank you again for your exceptional service and commitment to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I hope to see you at the cookout.

Go Phoenix!

Gary L. Miller

Your input is critical: Please attend May 4 forum on proposed new UW-Green Bay Mission

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor emailed the following memorandum on Thursday, April 26, 2018 inviting the University community to attend a forum on May 4 regarding proposed new UW-Green Bay Mission.

Mission Fora

Friday, May 4, 2018
9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Christie Theatre, University Union


Memorandum: University Communities Invited to Comment on New Proposed University Mission
To:  University Communities at UW-Marinette, UW-Green Bay, UW-Manitowoc and UW-Sheboygan
From: Gary L. Miller
Date: April 26, 2018

UW-Green Bay Support for DACA

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor emailed the following memorandum from Chancellor Miller and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate Eric Arnenson to the University community on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Memo: UW-Green Bay Support for DACA
Memorandum: UW-Green Bay Support for DACA
To: University Community
From: Gary L. Miller, Chancellor and Eric E. Arneson, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate
Date: April 4, 2018

Mission Revision

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor emailed the following memorandum from Chancellor Miller to the UW-Green Bay community on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.


Memorandum: Mission Revision
To: University Community
From: Gary L. Miller
Date: March 27, 2018

UW-Green Bay Annual Business Meeting

University leadership presented an update on the state of the University at the UW-Green Bay Annual Business Meeting on January 26, 2018.  UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Sheryl Van Gruensven, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Greg Davis, and Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Tony Werner led the presentation. Guest speaker Peter Zaehringer, vice president of economic development for Greater Green Bay, spoke on the importance of higher education to the local economy and highlighted related initiatives. Two sessions were available. Each closed with an opportunity to ask questions. A video recording is available here.

UW-Green Bay 2nd annual Business Meeting Presentation

Download the slides (pdf)

Holiday Displays

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller emailed the following message to faculty and staff regarding the UW System Policy on Holiday Displays on Thursday, November 30, 2017.


It is important that we all understand the rights to expression related to Christmas trees and other displays on campus during the holiday season. Attached is some helpful guidance. Please take a few minutes to review and refresh yourself on UW System policies.

2017 Holiday Displays Memo (pdf)

Thank you.
Gary L. Miller

Giving Thanks

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller e-mailed the following memorandum to faculty and staff on Friday, November 17, 2017.


Memorandum: Giving Thanks
To: University Community
From: Gary L. Miller and Georgia Nix Miller
Date: November 17, 2017

University Business Meeting

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor e-mailed the following memorandum from Chancellor Miller to faculty and staff on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The memo explains reasoning behind rescheduling the University Business Meeting to January 26, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the University Theatre, Theatre Hall.

Annual University Business Meeting
Friday, January 26, 2018
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. and 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Theatre Hall, University Theatre*


2017-18 University Business Meeting

Subject: 2017-18 University Business Meeting
To: University Community
From: Gary L. Miller
Date: November 15, 2017