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Regents update at Town Hall meeting

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller released the following statement via e-mail to employees on Monday, February 23, 2015:

Colleagues,

During the Town Hall meeting last week I indicated we would have another gathering later this week after the Board of Regents meeting.  However, I was mistaken about the date of the next BOR meeting.  It will occur on March 5.  We have planned the next Town Hall meeting for Friday, March 6 at 9:00 a.m. (location to be announced).

Thank you for your participation in the Town Hall meetings.  If you have questions between now and March 6, please send them forward.

Go Phoenix!

Gary

Gary L. Miller
Chancellor

2nd State Budget Town Hall Recording

Chancellor Miller addressed an audience of more than 200 faculty, staff and students in a second informational budget “town hall” session in the University Theatre on Friday morning (Feb. 20). After about 20 minutes of remarks, he opened the floor to a question and answer session, interspersed with remarks as gaps allowed. A synopsis of the budget forum is available on the UW-Green Bay Inside news site.

Chancellor Miller’s opening remarks


22:18 | 9.1MB | Download the audio file

Question and answer portion


41:37 | 16.4MB | Download the audio file

Budget Update

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller released the following statement via e-mail to employees on Monday, February 16, 2015:

Dear Colleagues,

Let me bring you up to date on our planning activities related to the budget reduction exercise in which we are now engaged. First, I want to thank all those who have participated in this process as a member of one of the planning groups or by providing suggestions about how to proceed. Click here to read more »

Video: Remarks on State Budget

In a brief video message to UW-Green Bay faculty and staff, Chancellor Gary L. Miller reiterated his invitation seeking broad-based participation in campus planning to address a possible $4 million reduction in the 2015-16 budget because of state budget cuts. The video was recorded Wednesday, Feb. 11.

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State Budget Town Hall Recording

In an informational budget “town hall” forum  Monday afternoon (Feb. 9), Chancellor Miller opened with remarks to faculty, staff and students prior to fielding questions and comments from attendees. Below is a recording of the chancellor’s remarks. A synopsis of the budget forum is available on the UW-Green Bay Inside news site.

Chancellor Miller’s opening remarks

27:17 | 10MB | Download the audio file

Question and answer portion

1:17:09 | 28.1MB | Download the audio file

Conversation about the State Budget

Greetings, UWGB Colleagues,

We find ourselves in challenging times.  To meet these challenges and to turn them into opportunities we will need the engagement of everyone.  Please use this space to give your best ideas and ask important questions.  I will work to answer questions and I will make sure your views are shared with the various planning and governance groups.  This is a fantastic university with an important mission.  With your help, we will move through this period and into a bright future.

Go Phoenix!
Gary

SOFAS Response on Interdisciplinarity

Cliff Abbott, UW-Green Bay Secretary of the Faculty and Academic Staff, issued a paper in response to Chancellor Miller’s essay Thoughts on Interdisciplinarity posted here last week. Prof. Abbott prefaces his response as follows:

The chancellor’s essay (Thoughts on Interdisciplinarity January 12, 2015) offers a vision for the type of graduate that our university should be producing and the kind of university we should be in order to accomplish that. He also offers a critique of the way we currently are structured to achieve our mission. I appreciate both the vision and the critique and I am moved to offer a response.

View the full text of Prof. Abbott’s response in the paper below.

SOFAS Response on Interdisciplinarity
by Prof. Cliff Abbott
Secretary of the Faculty and Academic Staff
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
February 2015

View the full text of Chancellor Miller’s original essay below.

Thoughts on Interdisciplinarity
Essay: Thoughts on Interdisciplinarity
by Gary L. Miller, Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
January 2015

Immediate Cost Containment Measures

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller released the following statement via e-mail to employees on Wednesday, February 4, 2015:

As you know, we have initiated the difficult process of taking a substantial reduction in the university budget.  In order to manage resources to achieve as much flexibility as possible I am taking the following actions effective immediately:

  1. A moratorium on hiring for all positions including permanent ongoing, temporary or short-term for all employment classifications, from any fund source.  Requests for exceptions should be submitted to the Position Review Committee and approved by the Provost.  Student hires are allowed to fulfill duties normally covered by student employees.
  2. A moratorium on all out-of-state travel (excluding Minneapolis and Chicago).
  3. Immediately centralize expenditure authority for all funds.  Expenditure approval must be made at the Dean or Area Leader level.  Expenditures for Student Organizations is exempted.
  4. Immediately centralize all tuition funded cash balances outside of the tuition pool.  This will include balances in funds 131, 136 and 189.

These actions will be in effect until further notice.  Exceptions must be approved by the Provost.

I am deeply appreciative of your understanding of the necessity of these measures.

Further discussion of the proposed state budget will take place at a Town Hall Meeting, scheduled for Monday, February 9th at 2:30 p.m. in Phoenix B.  I hope to see many of you there.

c:  Council of Trustees

Essay: ‘Thoughts on Interdisciplinary’

Since arriving at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as Chancellor in August 2014, Gary L. Miller has said the University’s commitment to the ideals of interdisciplinarity, a founding principle, is both one of institution’s most important assets and potentially one of the strongest inertial forces to progress. In this essay, he reflects on higher learning, interdisciplinary education, UW-Green Bay and the intersection of larger societal, economic and education issues.

Thoughts on Interdisciplinarity

Essay: Thoughts on Interdisciplinarity
by Gary L. Miller, Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
January 2015

Governor’s comments on faculty, staff workload

On Jan. 29, Chancellor Gary L. Miller issued the following message to all UW-Green Bay faculty and staff:

I want to join President Cross in expressing deep disappointment with the suggestion by Governor Walker that university faculty and staff do not work as hard as they could.  My nearly thirty years of experience in higher education has demonstrated to me that university faculty and staff are among the most hard working, committed and creative workers in America.  Your role is one of the most unique and important in this country – to serve your community, to create knowledge and to shape the developing mind to discern truth, evaluate evidence, develop communication skills and to learn how to learn.  It is work that requires great energy, continual study, deep commitment to learning and to those who learn and, importantly, a love of Wisconsin and its future. I want you to know I am deeply appreciative and admiring of your hard work and dedication.  I cannot think of a better group of colleagues to have at my side as we manage the unprecedented budget reductions ahead of us.  Thank you.

Gary L. Miller

Chancellor