UW System changes school names; UW-Marinette to become UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System regents have changed the name of another 10 two-year schools as the campuses merge with nearby four-year institutions.
The regents on Friday approved renaming UW-Marinette as UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus; UW-Manitowoc as UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus; and UW-Sheboygan as UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus.
Also, UW-Washington County and UW-Waukesha will be UW-Milwaukee at Washington County and UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha.
UW-Baraboo/Sauk County will be UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County. UW-Richland will be UW-Platteville Richland.
The regents changed UW-Barron County’s name to UW-Eau Claire-Barron County in June.
UW-Oshkosh has yet to propose name changes for UW-Fox Valley and UW-Fond du Lac.
“From the beginning of the restructuring process, we made a promise to northeast Wisconsin that we aim to have one university with a unified faculty, staff, and student body at four campuses,” said Gary L. Miller, UW-Green Bay chancellor. “The name change approved by the Board of Regents fulfills our obligation. We believe this name change allows each community to maintain the tradition and history of their campus, while leveraging the international Green bay brand.”
“It is our hope that this change will mean the beginning of a stable, vibrant and far-reaching university in northeast Wisconsin,” said Marinette Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Anderson in a letter of support. “The board believes the name change, consistent with regulations from the University of Wisconsin System, best reflects what we hope this new relationship with UW-Green Bay will be.”
Miller noted that a Restructuring Planning Team has been working for the better part of a year with businesses, schools, non-profits, governments and community members to introduce UW-Green Bay in its three new communities. “We look forward to continuing that process to create long-term relationships which we know will bring further success to the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus,” he added.
According to Miller, this fall the university will undertake a region-wide assessment of higher education needs, economic drivers and partnership opportunities on the way to the development of a strategic framework for the new UW-Green Bay.