2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
May 14, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Jorgensen, Ballweg, Berceau,
Hebl, Hintz, Horlacher, Kerkman, Kolste, Loudenbeck, Murphy, Ohnstad,
Pope, Shankland, Sinicki, Spreitzer, Subeck, Vos and Wachs, cosponsored by
Senators Ringhand, Bewley, Darling, Harsdorf, Lassa, Marklein, Miller,
Nass, L. Taylor and Vinehout. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR39,1,3 1Relating to: commending and congratulating Chancellor Richard J. Telfer for his
2contributions to the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and to the state of
AJR39,1,54 Whereas, Richard J. Telfer will retire from his position as chancellor of the
5University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on June 30, 2015; and
AJR39,1,96 Whereas, Richard J. Telfer was appointed as chancellor in 2008 and has served
7UW-Whitewater as provost, vice-chancellor, associate vice-chancellor, assistant
8dean of the graduate school, chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction,
9professor, and assistant professor; and
AJR39,1,1210 Whereas, Richard J. Telfer served as interim president of the University of
11Wisconsin System after the departure of President Kevin Reilly in October 2013 until
12the appointment of President Ray Cross in February 2014; and
AJR39,2,213 Whereas, during Chancellor Telfer's tenure, UW-Whitewater established
14several nationally recognized programs including the Academic Advising and

1Exploration Center, the Undergraduate Research Program, the McNair Scholars
2Program, and the Honors Program; and
AJR39,2,73 Whereas, under Chancellor Telfer's guidance, UW-Whitewater has
4strengthened retention and graduation rates, developed freshmen learning
5communities, reached record enrollment, completed the largest fundraising
6campaign in the university's history with more than $48 million secured, established
7the university's first doctoral program, and initiated the new student seminar; and
AJR39,2,108 Whereas, Chancellor Telfer established a partnership with the City of
9Whitewater to build and develop the successful Innovation Center and Technology
10Park; and
AJR39,2,1211 Whereas, UW-Whitewater won 22 national athletic championships during
12Chancellor Telfer's tenure; and
AJR39,2,1413 Whereas, Chancellor Telfer's leadership has ensured that students will have a
14modern learning environment for many years to come; and
AJR39,2,1715 Whereas, despite the challenges facing higher education, Chancellor Telfer has
16never lost sight of the importance of a well-rounded liberal arts education and the
17capacity of institutions like UW-Whitewater to produce value; and
AJR39,2,2018 Whereas, Chancellor Telfer has been a respected voice in higher education
19throughout the state, and UW-Whitewater has flourished under his tenure; now,
20therefore, be it
AJR39,2,25 21Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin
22legislature commends and congratulates Chancellor Richard J. Telfer for his
23contributions to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and to the state of
24Wisconsin and wishes him a long and healthy retirement with his wife, Roni, and
25their family; and, be it further
1Resolved, That the assembly chief clerk shall provide a copy of this resolution
2to Chancellor Richard J. Telfer.
AJR39,3,33 (End)