70 for 70 Campaign Update

Dear UW-Green Bay students, faculty, and staff,

It was announced yesterday that our student body has reached the 70% threshold for COVID vaccination. I continue to be incredibly proud of how our students have persevered throughout the pandemic. We want students to continue to have an amazing experience at UW-Green Bay and the 70% vaccination milestone helps everyone stay safe and on track to reach their educational goals. This milestone also means that under the UW System’s 70 for 70 Campaign, four of our vaccinated students will be randomly selected to receive $7,000 scholarships!

I would like to remind students who have received their vaccination, but have not reported it through our verification process to consider doing so before the Oct. 31, 2021 deadline to be eligible for the drawing.

As of this week, 79% of our faculty and staff and 76% of our students who live on campus have also verified vaccination. Achieving this has been a tremendous undertaking from our Dean of Students, Gail Sims-Aubert, personnel in the Office of Covid Response and the Wellness Center, as well as our partners at Prevea Health.

Thank you for your resilience over the last 18 months and your willingness to care for and support each other.


Michael Alexander

October Coffee Break

Join Chancellor Alexander, Sheryl Van Gruensven, Kate Burns, and Corey King for the next Coffee Break. Campus leaders will provide a brief update and allow the remaining time to take questions from faculty and staff. Colleagues from all campus locations are strongly encouraged to attend.

Monday, Oct. 11
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Online Session via Microsoft TEAMS


  • Brief Updates
    Michael Alexander, Sheryl Van Gruensven, Kate Burns, and Corey King
  • Question and Answer Session
    Email questions to coffeebreak@uwgb.edu

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Search

Dear UW-Green Bay Faculty and Staff,

I am excited to announce that Kate Burns has been appointed as the next Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, effective immediately. Since being named Interim Provost in May of 2020, Kate has successfully managed two years of enrollment growth in the most complicated circumstances higher education has likely ever seen. She has guided Academic Affairs through massive shifts in modality during every semester she has been in the role. Despite being primarily in a virtual environment, she has gained the trust of her colleagues across the state and at UW System. She has led the effort to overhaul our advising system and has built consensus around important issues regarding how we are developing as an access institution.

I can keep going, but all of this is not why I feel Kate is right for the job now and in the future. Having been in the position for 18 months, she is the most experienced provost in the pool; knows the pressures it brings, and understands what we need moving forward. Second, Kate has tremendous character and integrity. It is vital to me and to the whole university that we have someone in the role whose judgment is always sound and student-centered. Third, Kate is an exceptional listener and has the inner strength and courage that is required in the role. She will work collaboratively, but also quickly and decisively to move Academic Affairs ahead. Finally, Kate fully understands our mission and knows how to help us move towards it. This is essential for us to continue the momentum we have.

I want to thank the search committee, led by Sheryl Van Gruensven, for their work. It was important that we do a full national search for this position. Please join me in congratulating, Kate. We are very fortunate to have her leadership at UW-Green Bay!

Michael Alexander