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Green Bay Area Strategic Plan calls on UW-Green Bay to change

Consultants, brought in to work with area businesses to create an updated strategic plan for the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the necessity to grow and expand UW-Green Bay at a roll-out event on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Noting that economic development has changed over the years and that talent is the new currency, the plan puts an enormous emphasis on the expansion of public education in Northeast Wisconsin, with specific focus on UW-Green Bay.

Chancellor Miller spoke at the event, sharing with business leaders the University’s support for the plan and optimism for the future.

Chancellor Miller’s remarks

I am extremely excited to be here this morning and to be part of an extraordinary community-wide effort to articulate a clear framework of economic growth and prosperity in Green Bay and Brown County.

It is also a great honor to represent my colleagues Dr. Jeff Rafn, President of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Dr. Tom Kunkel, President of St. Norbert’s College, Dr. Matthew Hunsaker, Dean of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Dr. Connie Boerst, President of Bellin College.  Together we represent nearly 20,000 undergraduate and pre-professional students.  Our goal is to graduate all of these students and to retain them in this area in good jobs. We are all about workforce and talent development. It is important to acknowledge the leadership of Laurie Radke, Peter Zaehringer, Mark Higgins, members of the Chamber Board, and, of course, John Karras and his colleagues from Tip Strategies.  Thank you for your leadership.

Before I comment on the Plan and Initiatives 4 and 5, permit me to make a brief observation as a relative new-comer to this great community. I have never lived and worked in a place presented with more extraordinary game-changing opportunities than we have before us in this community. Nor have I ever seen a more committed group of business and community leaders. The eleven Initiatives presented in this report do not represent a simple wish list. In each Initiative there are specific actions and significant community leadership in place to attain the major goals. If these goals are met—and I believe they will be—this region will be transformed in a way that will make it one of the most attractive places in the country to live and work.

Now, a few comments about the report. This report contains three very important messages for the higher education sector in Green Bay.

The first message is a strong declaration that the future economic prosperity of this region depends on our ability to develop, recruit and retain high-skilled talent and that goal absolutely depends on our higher education institutions. This clear affirmation of the essential role higher education plays in sustaining the commonwealth is what the community founders of UWGB believed 50 years ago.  This is most welcome and, frankly, rarely heard these days.  Thank you.

The second message is the community expectation that we will intensify the collaboration among the higher education institutions in the area with a renewed focus on innovation and talent development. We strongly agree.

The third is a message to UWGB.  It is one of the most extraordinary and unique communications I have ever seen a community extend to a public university. In a direct and caring way the community is saying to the University it fought so hard to establish fifty years ago:  “We need you to change.”

The report is clear:

“…the role of UWGB needs to be elevated.”

“Green Bay needs a large, growing university with a broader range of programs (especially engineering, science and technology programs) and a greater emphasis on research and technology commercialization.” 

Indeed, the report is very specific about what is needed:

“Re-mission UWGB to be a larger, more R&D-focused, broader-reaching university.  Its long-term trajectory should place it on a track to become a significantly larger institution with more research and technology, similar to what UW-Milwaukee has become.” 

I want you to know at UWGB and throughout the higher education sector here we have heard the message loud and clear.  We are taking action now to move forward the goals of the strategic plan.

  • UWGB, NWTC and the Green Bay Area Public Schools have launched TurboCharge, a program to prime the talent pipeline by offering every high school senior in the Green Bay Area Public schools at least 15 hours of college credit before graduating from high school.
  • We are moving ahead vigorously to win approval for a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at UWGB—something this community has wanted for 30 years. We will need your help for this. There will be start up costs. We will be calling everyone in this room asking for your support. Please open your doors and see us.
  • UWGB, Brown County and The Einstein Project have partnered to raise the funds to make the new STEM Innovation Center a reality on the UWGB campus.
  • Working with our County partners we are moving the concept of the Phoenix Innovation Park, a 63 acre high-tech, innovation development on the UWGB campus.
  • Working with partners we are very actively planning a presence in downtown Green Bay inside the emerging innovation district there.
  • Jeff Rafn at NWTC and I along with our chief academic officers have signed a charter committing ourselves to a significantly enhanced partnership between our institutions. This effort called “Crossing the Bridge” is well under way with several reciprocal meetings of key administrators and faculty.  The effort has resulted in joint programming between all four of UWGB’s colleges and NWTC.
  • In a recent memo to the faculty and staff at UWGB I announced the University would begin a process this fall to reexamine the select mission statement of UWGB. This process has the full support of our Council of Trustees.

My colleagues and I enthusiastically endorse the new strategic plan. We are committed to doing our part to achieve the goals of the plan.  We know we have much more to do. We are deeply appreciative of this community for its support of higher education. We promise to undertake the kind of self-reflection and change you have recommended.

Thank you. Go Phoenix! Go Packers!

Employee Appreciation Week

In honor of UW-Green Bay Employee Appreciation Week, Chancellor Gary Miller went undercover to see what it was like to be a member of the University’s faculty and staff.


UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller e-mailed the following message to faculty and staff on Wednesday, May 10, 2017:

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 are remarkable.

In ways large and small, your work touches the lives of many people every day. Watch Chancellor Miller Thanks UW-Green Bay Employees to see how much we need you and your talents here 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.

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.

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.

Go Phoenix!

Gary L. Miller

UW System Budget Update

The UW-Green Bay office of the Chancellor forwarded UW System President Ray Cross’s message regarding the budget to faculty, staff and students on Monday, May 8, 2017.

May 8, 2017

UW Students and Colleagues,

Last week, the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) began voting on the 2017-19 biennial budget. I would like to share with you several highlights of the UW System budget request as we expect JFC will vote on our provisions mid-to-late May.

  • We put forth a reasonable budget request totaling $42.5 million, which aligns our resources with the state’s greatest needs as identified by more than 5,000 citizens, students, business and community leaders, faculty and families in our listening sessions around the state.
  • The request included an increase of $19 million in additional financial aid through the Wisconsin Grant program so that all students in need are served. The Board also passed a plan that freezes tuition in year one allows for an increase of no more than inflation in year two.
  • Our faculty and staff work incredibly hard – and our institutions compete for talent at a national and international level. UW System asked for a compensation increase of 2% in each year of the biennium. We are also working with the legislature to ensure the UW System remains part of the compensation reserve so that our staff get the same pay increases as other state employees in future budgets. To best serve our students, the UW System needs to be able to continue to attract and retain talented faculty. We are working with the administration and legislature to refine the formula and metrics associated with outcomes-based funding. While often referred to as performance-based funding, I agree with members of the Joint Finance Committee who believe we should focus on investing in, measuring, and rewarding outcomes rather than inputs. Metrics should be measurable, have value to the state, and protect our commitment to a comprehensive and quality college experience.
  • We need appropriate teaching and living spaces for our faculty and students, and we continue to advocate for our capital budget, which renovates, remodels and maintains our existing buildings. The maintenance plan we submitted affects about 3% of our existing inventory – and renovates only 1.6% of our gross square footage. Project costs go up when delayed, and if we can make the necessary repairs now, it will save taxpayers and students millions of dollars in the future. Projects at UW-Milwaukee and UW-Extension have already received formal support, and UW-Platteville, UW-Parkside, and UW-Madison may be added to the list in the future.

Looking Ahead

The UW System will receive new state dollars for the first time in nearly a decade. This demonstrates an appreciation for the value and economic impact UW System brings to Wisconsin. Historically, Wisconsin has received at least $10 in economic impact for every $1 of State funding invested in UW System. Conservatively, the UW System’s impact to Wisconsin’s economy is $15+ billion each year.

Both the UW System’s budget request and the Governor’s budget proposal focus on college affordability and accountability. While some of the tactics are different, we are heading down the same path.

Our message throughout this budget has been consistent and clear: now is time to invest in the UW. We are actively working to ensure the UW System’s final budget supports our mission of being an affordable, top tier public university system. We must provide solutions for our state’s unique problems, while driving economic prosperity for all of our citizens. By working together with stakeholders across our institutions, I am confident that our best and brightest days as a System lay ahead. Thank you for your help and support in this endeavor.

Good luck with your finals, congratulations to all those who are graduating this month, and enjoy the upcoming summer!

President Ray Cross

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Announcement

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor e-mailed the following announcement from Chancellor Miller to faculty and staff on Monday, May 1, 2017.


Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Campus Climate Announcement
To: University Community
From: Gary L. Miller
Date: May 1, 2017

See the press release

University Mission

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor e-mailed the following memorandum from Chancellor Miller to faculty and staff on Friday, April 7, 2017.

University Mission Memo

University Mission Memorandum
To: University Community
From: Gary L. Miller
Date: April 7, 2017
Subject: University Mission

Budget Meetings

Per communication earlier this week regarding a proposed $2M budget reduction the 2017/18 fiscal year, Chancellor Miller will visit each of the UW-Green Bay colleges and various administrative and support units to discuss and take questions. The schedule of those visits are as follows:

Group 1: College of Science & Technology (Dean John Katers)

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 7 a.m.
Location: University Union, 1965 Room

Group 2: College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (Dean Scott Furlong)

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: University Union, Phoenix C

Group 3: Austin E. Cofrin School of Business (Dean Doug Hensler)

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Wood Hall 328

Group 4:  College of Health, Education & Social Welfare (Dean Susan Gallaghler-Lepak)

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: University Union, 1965 Room

Group 5: Business and Finance

  • Human Resources
  • Controller
  • Business and Finance
  • Public Safety
  • Facilities
  • Purchasing
  • Information Services
  • University Union

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: University Union 103

Group 6: Athletics

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Kress Center, Special Events Room

Group 7: Library and Administration

  • Chancellor’s Office
  • Provost’s Office
  • Weidner Center
  • Library
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Continuing Education/Extension

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: University Union, 1965 Room

Group 8: Advancement

Date: Monday, April 10, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Cofrin Library 805

Group 9: Student Services

  • Enrollment Services
  • Student Affairs
  • Residence Life

Date: March 23, 2017
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: University Union, Christie Theater

Budget Challenges & Opportunities

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor e-mailed the following memorandum from Chancellor Miller to faculty and staff on Monday, March 20, 2017.

Per this communication, Chancellor Miller will visit each of the UW-Green Bay colleges and various administrative and support units to discuss and take questions. See the schedule »


Challenges & Opportunities – Budget Memorandum
To: University Community
From: Gary L. Miller
Date: March 20, 2017
Subject: Challenges and Opportunities

Chancellor Chats: March 2017

Athletics’ National Spotlight Benefits UW-Green Bay

Post-season play has Phoenix fans fired-up, and for good cause. National tournaments shine a spotlight on UW-Green Bay’s exceptional student-athletes and the “village” it takes to prepare them for success on the court and in the classroom. Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie joins Chancellor Miller in this month’s Chancellor Chats.

We’re Rockin’ the Resch!

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller e-mailed the following message to faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Good afternoon!

Students, alumni and staff are working hard to create a homecoming tradition on campus and I hope you’ll participate.  Next week, Wednesday, February 22, marks the start of Spirit Week when students have fun events and activities set up for everyone.  Themed dress up days are as follows:

Wednesday: Packers Pride Day (Wear Packers gear and get 25% off UWGB spirit wear at The Phoenix Bookstore)
Thursday: Go Green, wear it too! (Free GB Bandana with $10 purchase at The Phoenix Bookstore) and check out Phoenix Nite in the Phoenix Club at 7:30 p.m. There’s free pizza!
Friday: Show your Phoenix Pride! (Sing, hum, or display the words to our fight song for 20% off UWGB spirit wear at The Phoenix Bookstore) and then come out for Rock the Resch!

The culminating event of the week is Rock the Resch, which is completely FREE for students. Rock the Resch starts with a tailgate party and ends with us cheering on the Green Bay men’s basketball team to a win! Attached is more information about Rock the Resch. You need to register at by Thursday, February 23 to attend.

I’m excited about this important initiative to build school spirit. Check out this video of Coach Darner and me showing just how excited we both are!

There are already over 450 people registered for Rock the Resch and I hope to see you there.

Go Phoenix!

Gary L. Miller

Promotional Flier for Alumni, Faculty & Staff (pdf)

Chancellor Chats: February 2017

Leapin’ Lizzards, Chancellor and Georgia Miller #uwgblove this place

As part of #UWGBlove week, Chancellor Miller and Georgia pay it forward with coffee for all in Common Grounds Coffeehouse. They also share what they #uwgblove about UW-Green Bay (including a Feb. 14  “Annie” date night at the Weidner Center).