Memorandum: The Opportunity Ahead

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 the UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor e-mailed the following memorandum from Chancellor Miller to faculty and staff as an update to last July’s Budget Memorandum he distributed similarly last July.

The Opportunity Ahead_Page_1
To: University Community
From: Gary L. Miller
Date: February 24, 2016
Subject: The Opportunity Ahead

Campus Reorganization

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller e-mailed the following message to faculty and staff on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

Dear Colleagues,

I am deeply appreciative of the support of the Faculty Senate and the University Committee for the campus reorganization.  We will present the proposal to the Board of Regents at their December meeting.  As we implement the new organization in the spring semester we will continue to consult closely with the shared governance groups and academic units.

This is an exciting time for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  I am excited to be moving forward with you.

Thank you all.


FAQ regarding campus reorganization

Monday, October 26, 2015 the UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor e-mailed the following memorandum and reorganization frequently asked questions from Chancellor Miller to faculty and staff to follow-up university planning communications that were sent to campus on Monday, September 28, 2015.

To: Faculty and Staff
From: Gary L. Miller
Date: October 26, 2015
Subject: FAQ regarding campus reorganization

Reorganizing UWGB for the Future
The Future Imagined
Frequently Asked Questions

Message from the Chancellor

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor e-mailed the following message from Chancellor Miller to faculty and staff on Monday, September 28, 2015.

Dear Colleagues,

I am attaching a memo and two supporting documents related to important university planning activities.  I urge you to read the documents in the following order:

  1. Memo from GLM to University Community titled:
    University Reorganization.
  2. Memo from John Lyon to GLM titled:
    Governance Endorsement.
  3. White paper titled:
    The Future Imagined: Reorganizing UWGB for Innovation and Growth.

As explained in Memo # 1, there will be many opportunities to discuss these plans.

Thank you all.


University Reorganization
To: Faculty and Staff
From: Gary L. Miller
Date: September 28, 2015
Subject: University Reorganization

Governance Endorsement
To: UWGB Community
From: John M, Lyon, Chair University Committee
Subject: UC endorsement of the “Future Imagined” Document
Date: September 24, 2015

The Future Imagined: Reorganizing UWGB for Innovation and Growth
Gary L. Miller, Chancellor
September 28, 2015

Enrollment Drive Update

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller sent the following message via e-mail to employees on Tuesday, January 13, 2015:

In November 2014, we began an initiative to focus on recruiting more local students to UWGB.  November and December were busy months for those who work in, and volunteered with, the Enrollment Drive.  A volunteer phone team made thousands of phone calls encouraging freshmen to apply to UWGB.  Application teams went into the high schools to help students fill out applications.  We sent thousands of emails and postcards, and hosted over 300 students for on campus visits.  All of these efforts are paying off.  We are currently seeing a 16% increase compared to last year’s freshmen applications, and a 12% increase in admissions.  This is great work.

But, our work is not done.  We are now shifting our focus, led by Jen Jones, to ensure that we see as many freshmen as possible enroll in our great institution.  We are also finding creative ways to encourage more transfer students to apply and enroll for the fall of 2015.  Jen is collecting and implementing ideas with the help of people all around campus.  I encourage you to reach out to her to see how you might be able to help.  I appreciate all the efforts so many of the campus community members have already put forth towards recruitment.  I look forward to celebrating with you as we achieve our goals.

Gary L. Miller

Examining the Role of the University in Economic Engagement: Survey Request

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller released the following statement via e-mail to employees on Friday, October 10, 2014:

Dear University Community:

As I continue to listen and learn about our University, I have asked for your input on a number of topics. I’m asking you again for your opinions. Please take 15 minutes out of your day to answer this confidential survey (link provided below), by October 31.

Survey Link:

The purpose of this survey, an assessment on the role of universities in economic engagement, will help all of us better understand our institutional capabilities and aspirations. By the nature of the questions asked, it will also build awareness of some of the avenues available to us to consider and discuss as we begin to dig deeper to understand what Invent the Future could and should encompass.

A similar survey will be distributed to external stakeholders to gather input on the contributions they believe UWGB is, and should be, making in regional economic engagement.

Thank you for your input!

Gary L. Miller

Invent the Future Working Group Membership

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller released the following statement via e-mail to employees on Thursday, October 10, 2014:

As we move forward with the Invent the Future (ITF) process and begin our university-wide conversation about future directions for UW-Green Bay, I have established four ITF Working Groups.  The Invent the Future Steering Committee, with assistance from the University Committee, Academic Staff Committee, University Staff Committee, and others on campus, made recommendations for the membership of the ITF Working Groups.  The attached list includes the names of the members of each group along with the Chair for each group (first name in bold under group).

The Steering Committee, chaired by Cheryl Grosso, will work with the Working Group chairs to start the process and summarize the community conversation as it proceeds.  I will attempt to meet with each Group as we move forward.

This is an extremely important process at this transitional time in the history of UWGB.  These conversations will help form our vision for the next decade, prepare us for some of the opportunities and challenges ahead and, most importantly, reaffirm our commitment to the university and each other.

The Invent the Future process is described in a paper found by clicking here.

Thank you all for your participation.

Gary L. Miller


Invent the Future Working Groups (Microsoft Word Document, 20.4KB)

Invent the Future and University Planning Design

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller released the following statement via e-mail to employees on Friday, September 26, 2014:


I am attaching two documents for your review and comment.  The first, entitled “Invent the Future – Design,” describes the structure and operation of the eight month Invent the Future process we are now initiating.  The second document, entitled “University Planning Design,” describes the new university planning structure which is designed to add transparency and provide a longer planning horizon for university strategic and financial planning.  I have discussed both of these documents with the University Committee and will discuss them with the Faculty Senate next week.  I will be happy to meet with the other governing bodies to review these documents.

The University Committee has already begun to suggest membership for the working groups of the ITF process and for the new UPIC.  Please let them know if you have an interest in either of these activities.

Thank you all!


Gary L. Miller


Invent the Future, UW-Green Bay Design (Microsoft Word Document, 237KB)
University Planning and Innovation Design (Microsoft Word Document, 517KB)