Campus Update to Students

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor emailed the following from Chancellor Michael Alexander to students on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

Dear UW-Green Bay Students,

Each day, I am exceptionally proud to work for the students, faculty, and staff at UW-Green Bay. I’ve found that this University is an amazing place with incredible people. The way you continue to respond to the challenges that we have faced over the last two months is truly overwhelming. You have all faced unprecedented challenges this year and continue to be resilient, caring and dedicated to pursuing your dreams and making our communities better places to live, work and play. I look forward to our conversation tomorrow at the Student Coffee Break to be able to answer your questions. Since not everyone will be able to be at the online gathering tomorrow, I thought I would also update you here on some items of importance.

  1. If you have any concerns about your registration, ability to pay tuition, or need emergency support of any kind, please contact us immediately at We are here to help and thousands of you have already received assistance. Your University is here to support you through this time and beyond.
  2. We intend to have in-person classes in the fall. We also understand that some of you would prefer to have online or hybrid options for your education next semester and even beyond. To expand the ways we serve you, we are working to create a University that can be as nimble as possible for the next academic year. We do not know what the pandemic will bring next, but know that we are doing everything we can to prepare for any and all possible scenarios to accommodate all students to access education in the fall in the way they feel most comfortable.
  3. We have formed a task force consisting of five working groups to address all of the issues we will need to solve this summer to be ready for the fall. The working groups include academic delivery, health and safety, events, residence life and finances. These groups will advise us on the best ways to proceed in the fall. We will send regular updates throughout the summer to keep you apprised of the progress we are making.

I am very pleased that the retention rate of our current students is higher than it has been in a long time. We are listening to you, intend to continue to listen to you, and want to support you through your time with us in every way that we possibly can. Please know that we value every student and stubbornly refuse to let the current crisis interrupt your educational journey. I have so much respect for the way the members of our student body have handled themselves this year. Please stay safe this summer, stay connected with us for updates, and for those that will not be taking summer classes, we look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Finally, and most importantly, congratulations to our graduating class. Our communities need you. Use what you have learned at this University to make the world a better place. You join a group of nearly 40,000 alumni who have graduated from UW-Green Bay and are united by a common spirit. It’s probably never been more befitting of a time to embrace being a Phoenix. Together we are capable, we are tenacious, and we will rise!Remember that we are always here to support you on your journey and that we are all exceptionally proud to call you our alumni.

I hope to see as many of you as are able tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Coffee Break student listening session. Please join us if you are able. If you are not able to attend, and if you have any questions you would like answered, please connect with us at

Warmest regards,


Michael Alexander
UW-Green Bay, Chancellor