Town hall meetings next week will discuss revised campus research leadership

I am sure you are aware that as a follow-up to the establishment of a UW-Madison Vice Chancellor for Research in 2010, the University Committee has appointed a working group to “explore the efficacy of a leadership structure within the research enterprise that involves two positions – a Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies and a Dean of the Graduate School.”

The working group is chaired by bacteriology Professor Tim Donohue and includes engineering Professor Susan Babcock, animal science Professor Mark Cook, oncology Professor Michael Gould, social work Professor Jan Greenberg, english Professor Caroline Levine, and Graduate School Associate Deans Daniel Kleinman and Petra Schroeder.

The working group has delivered a draft of their report to the University Committee and it will be discussed at the March 3rd faculty senate meeting (a link to the document may be found on the Secretary of the Faculty’s main page website at:

The working group and the University Committee will present the working draft of the report at the March 3 meeting of the Faculty Senate. Individuals wanting to submit written comments on this document to members of the working group are encouraged to send them to

The working group is available to meet with campus stakeholders before submitting a revised report for discussion at the April 7th faculty senate meeting. Details on these sessions are below:

  • Town Hall 1: Tuesday, Mar 4, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Ebling Auditorium, Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive
  • Town Hall 2: Wednesday, Mar 5, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Great Hall Memorial Union
  • Town Hall 3: Mar 5, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Alumni Hall, Room 1306 Health Sciences Learning Center

In an attempt to identify recurring themes for discussion at the town hall meetings, please submit questions by 9:00 AM on March 3rd to the working group via

Subsequent to the town hall meetings, the University Committee and the working group will make any needed revisions with the goal of presenting a final draft report for consideration at the April Faculty Senate meeting.

Bill Heiss,
(on behalf of the University Committee)