May 5, 2000
Thibodeau's Accomplishments By the Numbers....
Fifteen years as the Chief Executive Officer of a University provides ample opportunity to leave a mark. Gary Thibodeau did. Here are some of University's accomplishments under his leadership:
Longest-serving Chancellor in the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System.
Degrees Awarded. Conferred 13,400 bachelor's and master's degrees.
New academic majors: Horticulture, Communicative Disorders, Dairy Science, Marketing Communications, Social Work, Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Master's of Management.
Planning. Launched "Reach for the Future," the University's strategic plan that reallocated more than $2 million directly into faculty training, classroom academic support, and laboratory and technology upgrades.
Buildings. Secured or launched the planning of 17 major academic and campus building or construction projects totaling more than $79.5 million. Completed: Robert P. Knowles Physical Education & Recreation Center; South Hall; Chalmer Davee Library; Walker D. Wyman Education Building; Dairy Learning Center; Ewe Flock Building; Hazardous Waste Processing Building; Horse Training Barn; Agricultural Sciences Greenhouse 1 and Greenhouse 2; Regional Development Institute; Campus Trail; Hagestad Student Center. Future projects in planning: Health & Human Performance Center; Student Center & Fine Arts Performing Center; Residence Hall; South Hall.
Campus improvements. Secured $10.2 million for continuing maintenance projects.
Student Enrollments—both the quality and quantity improved. Here is a comparison between Fall 1985 and Fall 1999.
Enrollment: 1985: 5,284 students; 1999, 5,728 students.
Admissions standards: 1985, top 75% of class or 17 ACT; 1999, top 40 percent of class and 22 ACT.
Freshman profile: 1985: 1,002 incoming freshmen with an average rank in top 60% of class and 19.9 ACT. 1999: 1,127 incoming freshmen with an average rank in top 29% of class with 22.6 ACT.
Foundation. Assets in 1985: $1.1 million. Assets in 2000: $10.2 million.
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