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Annual Report
to the campus, community, and UW System | 2007-2008
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Bruce Shepard, Chancellor
David J. Ward, Interim Chancellor

Period for this report — This summary of institutional highlights for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is for the 2
007-08 academic year, and the period July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008. Also listed are selected events and activities from fall 2008 that represent a continuation or culmination of major initiatives in progress.


Click here to download a PDF of the Annual Report.

In 2007-08 the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay solidified its status as a rising, difference-making university for its region and state.

Foremost among the achievements was tangible progress on Northeastern Wisconsin’s Growth Agenda for UW-Green Bay.

In fall 2007 the state appropriated an initial allocation of $1.7 million in new money for the plan’s first phase. The University was thus able to take its first, long-awaited steps toward growing instructional resources.

The momentum for growth strengthened even in the face of significant challenges. The fiscal year ended in June with economic uncertainty and projections of growing budget shortfalls at the state and national levels. Additionally, the success of Chancellor Shepard’s tenure in Green Bay made him a sought-after candidate nationally; he announced in March that he would accept the presidency of Western Washington University. Provost and Vice Chancellor Sue K. Hammersmith announced her departure, as well.

For campus and community, reassurance regarding the core commitment came quickly and forcefully. Both UW System President Kevin Reilly and newly appointed Interim Chancellor David Ward reiterated support. A worsening economy, they said, only amplifies the need for UW-Green Bay to expand its efforts to advance regional quality of life and economic prosperity.

Ward assumed the duties of chancellor at the fiscal year’s end. He noted that growth at UW-Green Bay builds on an impressive foundation. In summary, 2007-08 highlights included:

• Funding and implementation of Phase I of the Growth Agenda;

• A full 10-year accreditation, with the visiting review team praising the quality of teaching and scholarship and strong community support;

• Expanded partnerships with local government, business groups, non-profits, Nicolet College, NWTC, other higher educational institutions and K -12 school districts;

• Development of academic excellence initiatives related to the environment/sustainability, business and entrepreneurship, and internationalization;

• Creation of nearly 50 new endowed scholarship funds and three new endowed professorships through the Campaign for UW-Green Bay, which now stands at $23 million of its announced $25 million goal;

• Gains in student life facilities with dedication of the
$33 million Kress Events Center and completion of the University Union remodeling and expansion; and

• Recognition of UW-Green Bay’s 25,000th graduate — representing 25,000 success stories — at May 2008 commencement.

This Annual Report also includes progress on issues identified as priorities by Chancellor Shepard and University leadership at the year’s outset, including diversity, pre-college programs, a new mission statement, the re-certification of intercollegiate athletics, and more.

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