2016 Report to the Community

Campus grounds with pond

Read the 2016 Report to the Community booklet

Dear friends,

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac’s Report to the Community.

As the new, incoming Regional Executive Officer and Dean for the Northeast Wisconsin Region of the UW Colleges (UW-Fond du Lac, UW-Fox Valley and UW-Manitowoc), I am thrilled to begin connecting with the students, faculty and staff on our campus and continuing to develop relationships with our community partners. I would like to thank Dean John Short for his extraordinarily helpful work with me during the transition to a regional leadership model. 

Creating a Report to the Community gives us a chance to reflect on the past year at
UW-Fond du Lac. We celebrate the academic accomplishments of our students as they move through our transfer-focused, general education liberal arts degree. They are taught and supported by faculty and staff whose professional activities and research are simply outstanding. Being seen as a community resource in terms of expertise and a place for events is balanced with our outreach efforts in service learning and volunteer work. We are proud of our commitment to a broad array of campus presentations, music, theater and visual arts performances.

I am particularly proud of the time, effort and resources that have been invested by Fond du Lac County and the State of Wisconsin, in partnership with a private energy management company, to deliver improved energy efficiencies on campus. The development of this report also gives us a chance to outline how we began to implement
structural and organizational changes as a result of an approximately $5 million base budget reduction to the 13 campuses that make up the University of Wisconsin Colleges. 

Through an examination of previously developed reports and task force recommendations, much of the latter half of 2015 included detailed work that created a four region model for administration of the campuses. I am proud to be part of a skilled and experienced leadership team for the Northeast Wisconsin Region. 

We welcomed a new Chancellor to UW Colleges and UW-Extension this year. Cathy Sandeen visited campus several times getting to know the faculty, staff and students at UW-Fond du Lac. 

Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you on campus sometime soon.


Martin Rudd, Ph.D.
Regional Executive Officer and Dean
Northeast Region
UW-Fond du Lac - UW-Fox Valley - UW-Manitowoc