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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

May 6, 2008

Nerad, Seidl to receive UW-Green Bay Chancellor's Awards

GREEN BAY - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard will present Chancellor's Awards to longtime UW-Green Bay friends Daniel Nerad and Leonard A. Seidl during commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 17, on campus.

The Chancellor's Award is UW-Green Bay's highest community honor. It recognizes distinguished service to the University and community.

Daniel Nerad, Ph.D., is recognized for his service to the community and success in promoting partnerships with its public university.

Nerad has been superintendent of schools and learning in the Green Bay Area Public School District since 2001. Prior to his appointment as superintendent, he served the Green Bay district in a variety of roles including assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and executive director of curriculum. He earned Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year honors in 2006.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard notes that Dr. Nerad's "commitment and dedication to education have had a major impact on students and people of all ages in our community." In particular, the superintendent's support of Phuture Phoenix at UW-Green Bay has helped the precollege program expand its reach to thousands of local students as early as fifth grade. The program matches volunteer mentors with students from low-income neighborhoods and counsels children to value education and plan for college. Nerad has also been a partner with the Institute for Learning Partnership at UW-Green Bay.

Nerad earned his doctorate from Cardinal Stritch University. He will assume new duties July 1 as superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District, returning to that city after 33 years in Green Bay.

Len Seidl is honored for his role more than 40 years ago in promoting and securing the scenic site that would become the future home of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and for his continuing support of the institution since its inception.

Now 88 and retired, Seidl is the founder of Len Seidl Realty, specializing in real estate and development around the Green Bay area including East Town Mall, North Brook Country Club and the Lake Largo development.

In fall 1965 the state of Wisconsin agreed to establish a new four-year university in Northeastern Wisconsin. Citizens, business leaders and politicians cheered the announcement as one but soon divided, proposing more than a half dozen competing sites across Brown County and the Fox Valley.

Seidl, working independently, identified a better alternative. Familiar with property and land owners in the vicinity of the Shorewood County Club, he investigated and found that options on property could be obtained there at a comparative savings.

The site offered a commanding view of the bay, nearly one square mile of land (some of it already county-owned) and the requisite access to transportation and services. In February 1966 the state selection committee declared its choice to be Shorewood, "by far the most aesthetically pleasing site proposed."

"Four decades later," says Chancellor Bruce Shepard, "this is widely regarded as one of the most attractive campuses in the state and nation. For this, we are delighted to have Len Seidl join us, front and center, to receive his university's highest community honor, the Chancellor's Award."

Seidl has been a loyal supporter of the University's Founders Association and also the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

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