Good morning, colleagues. It’s June already and here is this (rather busy) week’s update from Academic Affairs.

Board of Regents Meeting

The BOR meets on our campus Thursday and Friday. You are all invited to attend, in particular, the Chancellor’s presentation titled, “UWM’s Impact: Progress, Partnerships, and Paths Forward,” on Thursday, June 7 at 1:15 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room and available to livestream.


The College of Nursing was granted the full 10-years accreditation for their BS, MN, DNP, and certificate programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Congratulations to Kim and her team!

Kennan Ferguson’s (Political Science) book, “All in the Family: On Community and Incommensurability,” was purchased and opened by Knowledge Unlatched, which crowd sources academic libraries for the worldwide rights to books to make them free and accessible to all. Congratulations, Kennan!

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee Athletic Department held its annual student-athlete award show – The Golden Panthers – in May. The event, which was hosted this year by student-athletes Garrett Miller and Alex Sayles, is an annual gathering to recognize accomplishments from the past year.

Organized by the Milwaukee Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the awards recognized exceptional performance in the classroom, in the community, and on the field of competition. Kyle Becker (men’s track & field) and Leah Holmes (women’s track & field/cross country) were named Senior Student-Athletes of the Year. Congratulations to all of our award-winning athletes!

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by a planning meeting for this week’s Board of Regents meeting, the quarterly meeting of the Chancellor’s Committee for Hispanic Serving Initiatives, and a deep-dive meeting with the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet. In the afternoon I will attend a meeting on Data Science, I have my weekly staff meeting, and the CEMAT Executive team meets.


I have standing meetings with Katie Miota and Ron Perez, followed by the quarterly IT Advisory Council meeting. In the afternoon, I’ll attend the University Committee meeting, a UW Colleges Restructuring meeting, a one-on-one meeting with Ron Cisler, and Strategic Position Control Target meetings with ZSPH and CHS.


I start the day prepping for the UWS Provost’s meeting and in the afternoon, I’ll host the UW System Provost’s meeting.

Thursday and Friday

The June Board of Regents meeting will be held here at UWM. We have three items for the Education Committee, including the request for the approval of a B.S. in Public Health. There is also a panel discussion on Schools of Education in the System and I will do a short presentation on our strategic investment in student success.


Common Reading Experience

Participate in the Common Reading Experience (CRE) this year as a discussion group facilitator! On August 31 from 1-5 p.m., students will break into groups of 30 to participate in the Panther Academic Welcome, and we need your help facilitating discussions of this year’s CRE selection, “Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took on The Miss America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movement,” published earlier this year in Smithsonian. We are thrilled to announce that Chancellor Mone will return to facilitate his own discussion group during Panther Academic Welcome! Sign up to volunteer and facilitate your own discussion!


Do you happen to know Thomas J. Mace-Archer-Mills, Esq.?

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs