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Media Memo: Chancellor Schmidt statement of support for UW System state budget proposal

August 22, 2014

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Julie Poquette, University Communications director

DATE: Aug. 22, 2014

SUBJECT: Chancellor Schmidt statement of support for UW System
state budget proposal

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt made the following statement about the 2015-17 UW System state budget proposal adopted by the Board of Regents Thursday, Aug. 21:

"The budget approved by the UW System regents represents strategic investment that will enable UW-Eau Claire to continue to address talent gap challenges in Wisconsin. The budget reflects an understanding that the UW System is a key to ensuring social and economic prosperity for the state of Wisconsin and its people.

"As we have demonstrated through the Nurses for Wisconsin and Responsible Mining initiatives, we are poised to quickly and effectively develop educational programming that includes high-impact practices such as internships and research that directly benefit our students and prepare them to fulfill the talent development needs that will move Wisconsin's economy forward.

"I support UW System President Ray Cross's focus on how the UW System can help campuses achieve their individual institutional goals while collectively meeting the higher education needs of our state.

"This will be my first biennial budget as chancellor of UW-Eau Claire, and I intend to work with our area legislators, regents and the Governor's office to encourage inclusion of this strategic investment that will provide our private sector partners with the graduates that will help them grow their businesses."


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