Spring Convocation features UW-Madison Chancellor
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside celebrates and prepares for the coming semester during Wednesday's Spring 2012 Convocation. The program, which is open to all UW-Parkside faculty and staff, begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center's University Ballroom.
In addition to honoring the university's service award recipients, the program features an address by University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Dr. David Ward. In a presentation titled "Framing Current Issues in U.S. Higher Education," Dr. Ward will share his perspectives on the opportunities and challenges facing higher education and his views on the future roles of regional universities like UW-Parkside.
Ward is in his second tour as leader of Wisconsin's flagship campus. He has been associated with UW-Madison for nearly 50 years.
He earned his doctorate in geography at Madison in 1963 after earning baccalaureate and master's degrees at the University of Leeds in his native England. He returned there to teach in 1966, later serving as associate dean of the graduate school and as vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost. He was appointed chancellor in 1993 and served in that capacity through 2000.
As chancellor, Ward reinvigorated the "Wisconsin Idea," building connections between the university and the city, state, and world.He spearheaded programs to attract and retain a world-class faculty; he created the university's Technology Transfer Council, and he was instrumental in the growth of the University Research Park.
In 2000, Ward became president of the American Council on Education, one of the nation's leading higher education advocacy groups. During his tenure there he also served on the Council of the United Nations University and to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education.
Recognized as a leading scholar in urban geography, Ward pioneered research on the industrialization of English and U.S. cities during the 19th and 20th centuries. Along with UW-Madison, he has held teaching positions at Carleton University and the University of British Columbia. He has also served as a visiting faculty member at University College London, at the Australian National University, at Hebrew University, Jerusalem; and at the University of Leeds.Don't miss UW-Parkside Spring Convocation Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the University Ballroom.