Building for Tomorrow, news from Dean Susan Gallagher Lepak

Dear friends and alumni,

“A strong healthcare system is the foundation of our communities’ well-being and it’s also the foundation of a healthy economy.” — Secretary Amy Pechacek, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Susan Gallagher-Lepak is Dean of the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare.

I agree with Secretary Pechacek! It’s for these reasons that we built the prelicensure nursing program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and are working to grow nursing and health studies offerings and enrollment.

Our first cohort of prelicensure nursing students graduated in May 2023 and were quickly hired to fill open nursing positions. Most were hired by our local healthcare organizations. These new nurses were vitally needed in our nursing workforce. In fact, healthcare systems are asking us if we can prepare even more nurses.


Make a difference. Help with one of these needs:

  • Sponsorship of a nursing skills lab simulation station, $10,000 (6 stations)
  • Sponsorship of nursing health assessment stations, $20,000 (8 stations)

Gifts can be recognized with a wall-mounted plaque, or be made anonymously. Use the enclosed envelope or go to Thank you!

I am pleased to share that UW-Green Bay recently received a $150,000 grant from the David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. This matching gift will help to expand the number of students admitted to the prelicensure program. We are appreciative of this generous gift and are up to the challenge of raising the remaining $150,000 match.

This is important help and recognition on the heels of receiving a Wisconsin Workforce Innovation Grant to build teaching capacity and the final year of the prelicensure nursing. Launched in 2022, the pilot project has been effective in engaging our healthcare partners in a new way. We have had outstanding feedback from our partners, including Aurora BayCare Medical Center, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and Bellin Health.

Jenna Liphart-Rhoads, RN, PhD, assistant professor,  has prepared 10 nurses employed at our partner organizations to serve as co-clinical instructors to teach clinical groups of nursing students.

We continue to think big and address community needs with innovative solutions. Thank you for your support of UW-Green Bay nursing.

Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak, RN, PhD
College of Health, Education and Social Welfare
Contact: 920-465-2034;