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UW-Green Bay welcomes new chancellor

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay welcomes its new chancellor, Gary Miller, on Friday, November 14, 2014.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay welcomes its new chancellor, Gary Miller, on Friday, November 14, 2014.
GREEN BAY - As he signed a ceremonial document, new UW Green Bay chancellor Gary Miller says it's time to reinvent what it means to be a Phoenix.“We have a big broad vision that surrounds three powers that we have here. We have the power that we have to innovate. We have the power to transform lives through education and the power to make this a great place to live,” said Miller, who has worked at the university since August 1. Miller previously was the chancellor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.Miller says he wants to make a university education more accessible."The opportunity to transform lives is enormous. Today, 60 percent of students who join us at UWGB come from families who had no tradition of higher education,” said Miller.Miller says he wants to expand the Phuture Phoenix program. The chancellor aims to make some sort of student aid available to every local child looking to attend UWGB. He also wants to create easier pathways for tech school and two-year UW system students to transfer in.Miller says professional training programs need an update. And, he wants to expand continuing education programs for adults.Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt says Miller's vision will help more than just the university.“When you look at where Green Bay is going and where it can go, this partnership under the leadership of Gary is going to be terrific for us,” said Schmitt.Students who attended the ceremony agreed that connecting the campus to the city is key.“It's one of the things that people, students, have said is a problem, because it's far away. It's not a typical campus scene. I think he's got a lot of good ideas that I've seen in other cities, Minneapolis, Eau Claire; that they're trying to do to bring young people in and keep people there. That’s what we need to do,” said Bryce Carlson, a UWGB Senior.The new chancellor says more of his plans will start next fall.“We are looking at our size, we're looking at the way we're organized, we're looking at the way we grow our professional programs,” said Miller.The chancellor says UWGB needs to take a look at how it's teaching in its academic programs. He says the school must keep up with technology and innovation.Miller hopes under his watch, the Phoenix will continue to rise.
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