May 6, 1966, Wyllie Approved as Founding Chancellor
Fifty years ago today, Friday, May 6, 1966, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Education Committee approved Dr. Irvin Wyllie as founding chancellor of what was then called the University of Wisconsin-Southeast.
According to former UW-Parkside staff member John Valaske, Dr. Wyllie was not fond of the "directional" name and worked to establish the new UW campus as the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Dr. Wyllie directed the building process and students first attended the new university in fall 1968. Wyllie Hall is named in his honor.