Office of the Chancellor


E-mail message to the Campus
February 4, 2004

Lyall announces plans to retire
Chancellor Bruce Shepard shared the following e-mail message with the UW-Green Bay campus prior to Katharine Lyall's official public announcement of her plans to retire.


At 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, President Katharine Lyall will announce her plans to retire. Those of us who have had the privilege of working closely with the President are saddened by the news.

There are personal reasons: I could not have asked for a better colleague with whom to work. And, there are campus reasons: President Lyall has been a stalwart friend of and believer in UWGB, its special mission and its current strategic direction.

I always have felt UWGB was her favorite campus but, I suspect, every other chancellor would say the same with regard to their own campus. And, that is testimony to her belief that the strength of the UW System is built campus by campus.

There will be time to celebrate all that President Lyall has brought to Wisconsin and to American higher education. Katharine has agreed to serve until such time as a successor assumes the responsibilities and then she will continue her contributions through service at the Carnegie Foundation.

My primary purpose in this brief note is simply to share with you the news of this change before you see it in tomorrow's paper. And, rather than dwell on the retirement of a fine leader, I would, instead, encourage you to join me in being thankful for the opportunity we have had to be part of a system led by one of America's truly preeminent academicians.

The Regent's will, soon, be announcing search processes and plans. The strength and international reputation of our system is such that I have no doubt that we will be able to attract the very best leadership. Nevertheless, such transitions inevitably create anxieties. I would offer my own firm belief that UWGB's future is independent of particular individuals, that bright future resting as it does on the irresistible force of our current direction.




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