Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Deborah L. FordThanks to generous support from Anniversary Sponsors Snap-on Incorporated and Johnson Financial Group, and Gold Sponsors Foxconn and the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, we welcomed hundreds of community members to our 50 Years Gala, Friday, Oct. 12, and announced our Future Focus Scholarship Fund.

It was an honor to share the amazing news that 50 Year Anniversary fund-raising efforts have topped $1 million in support of student success -- and we're just getting started.

Last week, the campus community hosted the October meeting of the UW Board of Regents. I am honored that the Regents and leaders from across the UW System were here to help us celebrate our Bold Beginnings and Future Focus.

UW-Parkside and the UW System are great investments for the state of Wisconsin. I invite you to read a commentary that appeared in regional media which I proudly co-authored with UW Regent Vice President Drew Petersen highlighting the benefits of affordable, public higher education.

Leading an institution that, throughout its rich 50-year history, has had such a positive impact on students and our neighboring communities is a great source of pride. Our esteemed faculty, staff and community partners make an important difference in the lives of our students and graduates.

As the first in my family to attend a university - and more than 60 percent of our graduates are just like me - I understand the responsibility associated with that opportunity and I appreciate the amazing rewards. The focus of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and the focus of my leadership will always be on helping all of our students succeed.

The University of Wisconsin System 2020FWD strategic framework has as its vision the further development of the state's human potential; the creation of new jobs and careers; and strengthening our local communities. These goals align with the hallmarks of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside: Student Success, Academic Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion, and Community Engagement.

Our strategic plan, establishes a clear path for the future success of the university and its graduates. We are committed to providing the opportunity for a university degree to a diverse group of individuals.

It is our responsibility to partner with our local and global communities to enhance the quality of life for everyone. And we're doing that with more than 25,000 alumni - the majority of whom live and work in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. These people are making a difference in our communities and they value their experience at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Education changes lives.
Education opens doors to incredible opportunities.
Education is all about lifelong learning and lifelong leading.

I encourage you to visit us at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and see for yourself how we're changing lives.

Chancellor Deborah Ford

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Deborah L. Ford
(262) 595-2211
ford@uwp.edu

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