University of Wisconsin-Platteville Chancellor Dr. Tammy Evetovich celebrated the start of the 2023-24 academic year at the annual faculty and staff convocation on Aug. 31.
Chancellor Evetovich outlined five goals for the future:
- Optimize enrollment
- Implement a fiscal recovery plan and work toward elimination of the structural deficit
- Prioritize wellness on campus in a purposeful and holistic manner
- Develop a 2031 strategic plan
- Align philanthropy with institutional priorities and identify new revenue-securing opportunities
Chancellor Evetovich expressed optimism for enrollment of the incoming freshman class and emphasized UW-Platteville’s important role in providing access to education.
“I am committed to assuring that all those who want the opportunity to go to college, stay in college and graduate, can do so,” said Chancellor Evetovich. “UW-Platteville will lean into its strength as an access institution and build our brand as an institution that prepares students for jobs of the future and meaningfully supports underrepresented, first-generation and low-income students.”
The chancellor also emphasized the need to correct the university’s $9.7 million structural deficit.
“The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has delivered on our mission to serve our students and our region for over 150 years, owing in no small part to our ability to adapt to an ever-changing world,” she said. “As we begin to welcome our university community back for the 2023-24 academic year, we are faced once again with the need to adapt. As stewards of this great university, we must do this work. I have no doubt that, working together, we will build the long-term foundation for a sustainable, vibrant and prosperous University of Wisconsin-Platteville.”
Chancellor Evetovich recapped several of the university’s many successes during the last academic year, including the opening of Sesquicentennial Hall, the launch of the collaborative Master of Physician Assistant studies program and the Helios program, receiving the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon award, the successful hosting of the Wisconsin Badgers’ football training camp, and the new offering of the Bachelor of Business and Administration degree at the Baraboo Sauk County campus.
“If we remember we are working together, focusing on our goals, we will empower each other,” said Chancellor Evetovich. “In all that we do, we are in this together. If you want to go fast, go alone. If we want to go far, we must go together.”
UW-Platteville Provost Dr. Wayne Weber concluded the ceremony by recognizing the university and UW System award winners (listed below) and grant recipients.
UW-Platteville’s first day of fall classes is Tuesday, Sept. 5.
UW-Platteville and UW System award recipients:
- University Staff Award for Excellence: Jane Kuhl
- Academic Staff Award for Excellence: Teresa Miller
- Outstanding Faculty/Instructional Academic Staff Advisor Award: David Heimerdinger
- Outstanding Professional Advisor Award: Liz Runde
- Early Career Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence: Dr. Ian MacKenzie
- UW-Platteville Outstanding Woman of Color Award: Carla Wages
- Dr. Carol Sue Butts Woman of the Year Award: Chancellor Dr. Tammy Evetovich
- Nimocks Family Faculty Appreciation Award: Dr. Kristopher Wright
- UW System Alliant Energy James R. Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award: Gail Hoffman
- Wisconsin Teaching Fellow: Dr. Gana Natarajan and Sarah Strange