Letter to Governor Walker and Legislative Leaders

Dear Governor Walker,

As employers and community leaders, we recognize the importance of higher education as an economic driver. In order for us to be successful, we need well-rounded, educated graduates in the workforce and in our communities. We write today to encourage you to make higher education a priority in your budget for the 2017–19 biennium.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ranks among the nation’s top public universities, providing an outstanding education to students. It has also been a hub for research, innovation, and technology, and it has a total economic impact of $15 billion, contributing hundreds of millions in state and local revenues and employing almost 200,000 people around Wisconsin.

However, for UW–Madison to remain competitive on a national and global scale, it cannot continue to sustain reductions in state support.  After receiving cuts in five out of the last six state budgets, the time to reinvest in UW–Madison is now.

The University of Wisconsin System has submitted its budget request for the next biennium. This includes a request of $42.5 million in increased state support to focus on four main areas: strengthening the educational pipeline at every level to improve the state’s workforce, improving the university experience for students, addressing the needs of businesses and communities, and providing greater operational excellence. Increased state support will allow UW–Madison to continue to provide a world-class education while helping to meet the needs of the state.

Having a solid infrastructure is equally important. The UW System’s capital budget request focuses on renovation and the maintenance of existing facilities on campuses around the state, rather than the construction of new buildings. And it is vital that a compensation plan for UW faculty and staff be approved as part of the next budget. There have been eight fiscal years with no pay increases since the creation of the UW System in 1974; six of those years have occurred in or after 2009. The state needs to invest in faculty and staff who educate UW students, attract research dollars to Wisconsin, and provide essential services.

We ask that you support higher education by including these requests in your 2017–19 executive budget proposal. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Members of UW–Madison Boards of Visitors

Rachel Adler
Brookline, MA

Deepak Advani
Minneapolis, MN

Marla Ahlgrimm
Fitchburg, WI

Carl Anderson
Austin, TX

Richelle Andrae
Madison, WI

Richard Antoine
Longboat Key, FL

Gerald Antoine
Port Washington, WI

Kendra Armstrong
Charlotte, NC

Barbara Arnold
Los Angeles, CA

Henry Aschauer
Madison, WI

Stu Baker
Chicago, IL

Diane Ballweg
Madison, WI

Pamela Barker
Glendale, WI

Dennis Barnum
Verona, WI

Barry Baum
Brooklyn, NY

Herman Baumann
Madison, WI

John Been
Prairie du Sac, WI

Michelle Behnke
Madison, WI

Mary Behrens
Casper, WY

Stephen Bennett
Woodside, CA

Laurie Benson
Monona, WI

Louis Bernhardt
Verona, WI

Kristin Berry
McLean, VA

Joseph Blackbourn
Scottsdale, AZ

Jason Blasi
Los Gatos, CA

Harold Blotner
Madison, WI

Beth Blum
Verona, WI

Norman Bobins
Chicago, IL

Paula Bonner
Madison, WI

Nancy Borghesi
Hilton Head Island, SC

Natalie Bowman
Madison, WI

Patricia Brady
Madison, WI

Ann Brewer
Madison, WI

George Broder
Oakland, CA

Scott Broetzmann
Alexandria, VA

Richard Brown
Oconomowoc, WI

Michelle Buchanan
Knoxville, TN

John Burgan
Grafton, WI

James Burgess
Madison, WI

Lynn Callender
Greenbrae, CA

Timothy Carr
Morgantown, WV

Michael Casper
Chicago, IL

Russ Castronovo
Fitchburg, WI

Debra Cervenka
Duluth, MN

Alec Chang
Pound Ridge, NY

Jerome Chazen
New York, NY

Corey Chisnell
Hinsdale, IL

John Church
Minneapolis, MN

Kenneth Ciriacks
Tucson, AZ

Terrence Clark
Cottage Grove, WI

Erin Clune
Madison, WI

Meghan Coen
Chicago, IL

Steve Cohan
Madison, WI

Edward B. Cohen
Washington, DC

Thomas Cole
WInnetka, IL

Jane Coleman
Monona, WI

Jackson Comeau
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Shawn Conley
Madison, WI

Michael Connelly
Cincinnati, OH

Gina Conti
Clarendon Hills, IL

Aaron Crandall
Madison, WI

Natasha Crooks
Madison, WI

Kevin Crowe
San Francisco, CA

Jay Davis
Livermore, CA

Kelly DeHaven
Black Earth, WI

Paul DeLuca
Madison, WI

Kristin Destrampe
Iowa City, IA

Jacqueline DeWalt
Madison, WI

Shoshana Dichter
Purchase, NY

Jeffrey Diermeier
Naples, FL

Leslie Dinauer
Louisville, CO

Jeffrey Drake
Neenah, WI

Robert Drape
Middleton, WI

Patricia Droes
Belleville, WI

Terry Droessler
Monmouth, OR

Greg Duppler
Minneapolis, MN

Christina Dykstra Mead
Washington, DC

John Edl
Middleton, WI

Randall Eggert
Middleton, WI

Joann Eisenhart
Milwaukee, WI

Laura Emory
Whitefish Bay, WI

Carol Falk
Washington, DC

Susan Fancher
Baltimore, MD

Patrick Farrell
Russell, PA

Lee Faucher
Verona, WI

Frank Fetter
Mount Horeb, WI

Wade Fetzer
Glencoe, IL

Debra Fluno
Gurnee, IL

Emily Fox
Milwaukee, WI

Steven Freedman
Newton, MA

Carl Fricke
San Rafael, CA

Fritz Friday
Cable, WI

Brian Frohna
Paradise Valley, AZ

Alfredo Gangotena
New York, NY

Heather Garrison
Fitchburg, WI

Pam Garvey
Cudahy, WI

Nancy Gellman
Creve Coeur, MO

Suzanne Godfrey
Verona, WI

Kenneth Goldman
Bensalem, PA

Linda Gorens-Levey
Milwaukee, WI

Catherine Goslin
Madison, WI

Robert Graebner
Madison, WI

Kevin Grant
Wilmette, IL

Andrea Greene
Palm Desert, CA

Jeanne Grist
Madison, WI

Thomas Grist
Madison, WI

Ann Groves Lloyd
Lodi, WI

Erica Gruen
New York, NY

Kay Gruling
Wausau, WI

Melita Grunow
Lake Geneva , WI

David Guenthner
Bentonville, AR

Carl Gulbrandsen
Madison, WI

Mary Gulbrandsen
Madison, WI

Brian Haas
San Jose, CA

Lisa Haber
New York, NY

Eric Hagerup
Whitefish Bay, WI

Gayle Haller
New York, NY

George F. Hamel Jr.
Kenwood, CA

Sean Hanish
Pasadena, CA

Peter Hanson
Bristol, WI

Kathleen Harker
Madison, WI

Andrew Harris
Minneapolis, MN

Robert Harty
Atlanta, GA

Marlene Hartzman
Washington, DC

Stephanie Harvey
Eau Claire, WI

Thomas Harvey
Eau Claire, WI

Timothy Hatch
Toluca Lake, CA

Benjamin Havn
Maple Grove, MN

John Hawley
Random Lake, WI

Shannon Heeley
Madison, WI

Jim Hegenbarth
Verona, WI

Carolyn and Kurt Heinrich
Presque Isle, WI

Elzie Higginbottom
Chicago, IL

Su Hilty
New York, NY

James Hirsch
Los Angeles, CA

Kristine Hoff Schriesheim
Winnetka, IL

Louis Holland
Wheaton, IL

Ed Holmes
Madison, WI

John Holton
Carmel, CA

Stephen Hootkin
New York, NY

John Horn
Waunakee, WI

Andrew Howick
Madison, WI

William Hsu
Wausau, WI

Bridget Hughes
Madison, WI

Yan Hui
San Diego, CA

Gregory Hundt
Alpharetta, GA

James Hunter
Orlando, FL

Stephen Hurley
Madison, WI

Kelly Ignatoski
Madison, WI

Charles V. Ihle
New Auburn, WI

Jay Ihlenfeld
Mahtomedi, MN

Akihiro Ikeda
Madison, WI

Mark Irgens
Wauwatosa, WI

Susan Isensee
Madison, WI

Thomas Jackson
Nashotah, WI

Tom Jacobs
Madison, WI

Stephen Jarchow
Los Angeles, CA

Bruce Javenkoski
Middleton, WI

Jim Johannes
McFarland, WI

Jean Johnson
Cabin John, MD

Kristin Johnson
New York, NY

Thomas Johnson
Biltmore Lake, NC

Melanie Johnson
Milwaukee, WI

Sean Johnson-Bice
Duluth, MN

Alli Jones
St. Louis Park, MN

William Jordan
Appleton, WI

Judy Jorgensen
Oconomowoc, WI

Eliot Jubelirer
Oakland, CA

Jane Jumes
Appleton, WI

Richard Kalson
Pittsburgh, PA

Joseph Kann
Racine, WI

Robert Karner
New York, NY

Ward Katz
Prairie Village, KS

Nancy Kaufman
Mequon, WI

Kimberly Kelleher
New York, NY

Daniel Kelly
DeForest, WI

Aaron Kennedy
Presque Isle, WI

Tara Khoury
Cincinnati, OH

Kari Klasen Lisi
Whitefish Bay, WI

William Kofahl
Sunrise, FL

Andrea Konz
Franklin, WI

Matthew Korn
McLean, VA

Barbara L. Kornblau
Arlington, VA

Christopher Kozina
Winnetka, WI

Christian Krautkramer
Milwaukee, WI

Jenn Krebs
Middleton, WI

Sarah Kruger
Verona, WI

Jeff Kunz
Minocqua, WI

Misty Kurek
Apple Valley, MN

Kara Kurland
New Orleans, LA

Dave Kurrasch
Scottsdale, AZ

Laura Lake
Los Angeles, CA

Karen Lange
Longboat Key, FL

Steven Larson
Whitewater, WI

Patricia Lasky
Madison, WI

Robert Leach
Minneapolis, MN

Kyla Lee
La Crosse, WI

Michael Lehman
Paradise Valley, AZ

Leanna Leverich
Minneapolis, MN

Chun Lin
Madison, WI

Marsha Lindsay
Monona, WI

William Linton
Fitchburg, WI

Christine Lobeck Lodewick
Ridgefield, WI

Rachel Loomans
Mequon, WI

Sheldon Lubar
Milwaukee, WI

Allison Ludwig
Washington, DC

Nancy Luedke
Wauwatosa, WI

Peter Lundberg
Fitchburg, WI

Kristin Lynes
Los Angeles, CA

Jeffrey Lyons
Ross, CA

Jan Maas
Middleton, WI

Thomas Madsen
Lake Forest, IL

Sanford Mallin
Whitefish Bay, WI

Jim Martell
Chicago, IL

Nancy Mathews
South Burlington, VT

Travis Mattson
Medina, MN

Patrick McBride
Madison, WI

Paul McCann
Appleton, WI

Stuart McCroskey
Corona del Mar, CA

Nancy McKinley
Fairmont, WV

George McReddie
Rye, NY

John McSweeny
Ottawa Hills, OH

Gary Mecklenburg
Madison, WI

David Meissner
Mequon, WI

Paul Metz
Glen Ellyn, IL

Karen Metzler
Green Bay, WI

Nancy Michalski
West Hollywood, CA

Matthew Mikolajewski
Madison, WI

Samuel Miller
Appleton, WI

Jeanan Moe
Madison, WI

Karen Monfre
Green Bay, WI

Claudia Montgomery
Winnetka, IL

William Morgan
Madison, WI

Melinda Mount
San Francisco, CA

Thomas Nebauer
Milwaukee, WI

James Nelson
Minnetonka, MN

Jeffry Neuenschwander
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

James Neupert
Atherton, CA

Bill Niemeyer
Vancouver, WA

Dale Nitschke
Edina, MN

Andy North
Madison, WI

Steven Oakes
Madison, WI

Dorothy O’Brien
Longboat Key, FL

Esther Olson
Belleville, WI

Sarah Orr
Lake Forest, IL

Alan Paberzs
Chicago, IL

Angela Pakes Ahlman
Verona, WI

Nita Pandit
Ames, IA

Tom Pavela
Foster City, CA

Maureen Pelton
Minneapolis, MN

Mary Ellen Peters
Fitchburg, WI

Joy Picus
Reseda, CA

Jeff Pietras
Vestal, NY

Milo Pinkerton
Wayzazta, MN

Tim Pire
Lake Forest, WI

Pamela Ploetz
Madison, WI

Steven Pogorzelski
Sudbury, MA

Seth Pollak
Madison, WI

Karen Pridham
Madison, WI

Ann Prisland
Champaign, IL

Linda Procci
Pasadena, WI

Charles Pruitt
Shorewood, WI

Todd Pulvino
Sarasota, FL

Janet Raddatz
Plymouth, WI

Jessica Rannow
Columbus, OH

William Reed
Silverthorne, CO

Laurie Reed
Libertyville, IL

Brian Reetz
Baltimore, MD

Jennifer Reul
Norwalk, CT

Kathryn Richardson
Madison, WI

Lowell Ricketts
St. Louis, MO

Richard Roberts
Scottsdale, AZ

Jeanette Roberts
Monona, WI

Jamie Robertson
Fort Worth, TX

Frederick Robertson
Middleton, WI

Karen Rose
San Francisco, CA

Ronald Rose
San Francisco, CA

David Ryder
Mequon, WI

Christopher Salm
Plymouth, WI

Emil Ray Sanchez
Madison, WI

Pablo Sanchez
Madison, WI

Ricky Sandler
New York, NY

Juan Santamarina
Cincinnati, OH

Elizabeth Schar
Madison, WI

Cynthia Schaus
Greenfield, WI

Phillip Schemel
Westport, CT

Anne Schierl
Stevens Point, WI

Jeffrey Schneider
Pewaukee, WI

Kirk Schnoebelen
Fairfax, VA

Gregory Schuenke
Eagle River, WI

Emily Schumacher
Sun Prairie, WI

Ron Schwarz
Frisco, TX

Ann Schwister
Cincinnati, OH

Steven Scott
Seattle, WA

Jay Sekelsky
Madison, WI

Katie Sekelsky
Madison, WI

Susan Sell
Edina, MN

Clare Sexton-Stern
Minneapolis, MN

Paul Shain
Verona, WI

Brewster Shaw
Houston, TX

Stanley Sher
Washington, DC

Rajan Sheth
Madison, WI

George Shinners
Antigo, WI

Joseph Sholler
Gutenberg, NJ

Margaret Shukur
Lexington, MA

Laurie Shults
Northbrook, IL

Judy Sidran
Madison, WI

Louise Silberman
Chicago, IL

Greg Sinaiko
Pacific Palisades, CA

Richard Sinaiko
Pacific Palisades, CA

Carol Skornicka
Milwaukee, WI

Jay Smith
Middleton, WI

Michael Smith
Middleton, WI

Thomas Smith
Madison, WI

David Smukowski
Seattle, WA

Jennifer Soehnlein
Madison, WI

Thomas Solheim
Madison, WI

Mark Solien
Kailua Kona, HI

Karl Solverson
Westby, WI

Joan Spero
New York, NY

Michael Splinter
Granite Bay, CA

Walter Sprinkman
Madison, WI

Amy Staats
Tillamook, OR

John Stanoch
Minnetonka, MN

William Staudenmaier
Phoenix, AZ

Richard Steeves
Madison, WI

Stew Stender
Eden Praire, MN

Linda Stern
Old Westbury, NY

Thomas Sternberg
New York, NY

Nicole Stine
Madison, WI

Guy Stratton
Madison, WI

Jim Strode
Columbus, OH

Stephanie Swartz
La Crosse, WI

Barbara Tensfeldt
Madison, WI

Patrick Thiele
Madison, WI

Carolynne Thomas
Palmer Lake, CO

Natasha Thoreson
Madison, WI

Harsha Tipirneni
Towaco, NJ

Ian Todaro
Waunakee, WI

Peter Tong
Roche Harbor, WA

Thomas Torhorst
Racine, WI

Robert Trunzo
Brookfield, WI

Julie Van Cleave
Elm Grove, WI

Edward VanGemert
Madison, WI

Teri Venker
Madison, WI

Thora Vervoren
Mequon, WI

Richard Vitkus
Naples, FL

Matthew Vokoun
Mountain View, CA

Liz Vowles
Madison, WI

Martha Vukelich-Austin
Madison, WI

Ann Wallace
Madison, WI

Michael Walsh
Madison, WI

David Ward
Washington, DC

Barton Warner
New York, NY

Marc Warren
New York, NY

Kyle Weatherly
Milwaukee, WI

Doris Weisberg
New York, NY

Elisa Weiss
Madison, WI

Paul Weiss
Middleton, WI

Angela Wellsmith
Brookfield, WI

Martinez White
Middleton, WI

Barbara Widder-Lowry
Madison, WI

Steve Wiesner
San Francisco, CA

Jeffery Wiesner
Madison, WI

John Wiley
Madison, WI

Kenneth Wiseman
Chevy Chase, MD

Yin Ling Irene Wong
Philadelphia, PA

Patricia Wright
Katy, TX

John Bryant Wyman
Madison, WI

John Yagla
Waukesha, WI

Matthew Younkle
Madison, WI

Rebecca Zaccard
Los Angeles, CA

Peggy Zimdars
Madison, WI

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