Regents Meeting Recap and UWM Climate
June 5, 2015
Dear Faculty and Staff,
We hosted the UW System Board of Regents (BOR) the last couple of days, during what is a pivotal time. Thank you to all the students, faculty and staff who participated in the various meetings. Here is a recap of today’s full Regent board meeting. In my remarks I again emphasized the enormous challenge the proposed cuts to our budget will have on our campus.
The most important point in my address yesterday was my strong appeal to the Regents – and to all leaders – to protect faculty tenure, indefinite status for academic staff and shared governance. These are absolutely critical for UWM. Simply put, without our faculty and staff, we cannot teach, conduct research or engage in the community. Please read my full comments on campus climate and culture and my appeal.
The Education Committee activities were of particular interest to many on our campus, across the state and nation. In brief, the committee and, subsequently the full Board, voted to preserve in Board policy the current tenure language that is expected to be removed from state statute. This generated significant debate yesterday, which you can read more about in the UW System recap of June 4 proceedings and the Journal Sentinel coverage of the Education Committee.
I had the pleasure of addressing a full house when I shared why we are absolutely vital to the region and state. See my “UW-Milwaukee: Vital to the Future” presentation here. I consider the presentation to be one of the most important addresses I’ve ever given. In that presentation I shared videos spotlighting four of our remarkable graduates and which received a robust round of applause by Regents:
- Brittany Benitez, who conquered a fear of flying to take advantage of international undergraduate research opportunities
- Larry Davis, a product of the foster-care system, who used his expertise and personal experiences to advise the Obama administration on child welfare issues, and
- Martha and Peter Creed, mother and son, who shared their transformational journeys while earning Doctorate in Nursing Practice degrees together
Brittany, Larry, Martha and Peter are the very reasons why we do what we do here at UWM. Their successes are our passion and your contributions bring them to light. You are needed and you are valued.
There is much activity yet ahead as summer research, teaching, and student support continue. You have my every good wish for these crucial endeavors. You also have my promise of support and continued regular updates. I also have one request: Please save Sept. 3 at 2:30 p.m. on your calendar for my Fall Plenary Address. We will have much to recap and to share.
Mark A. Mone