Mone announces final year as chancellor and return to teaching after Spring 2025

Chancellor Mark Mone will return to his professorship in the Lubar College of Business after the Spring 2025 semester. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)

Chancellor Mark Mone shared this message with the UWM community today.

Dear UWM Community,

I write to share that, after careful thought and discussion with my family and close colleagues, I have decided to step down from my role as chancellor and return to my professorship with the Lubar College of Business effective July 1, 2025. This timing allows for a smooth transition to a new leader.

Being your chancellor is as rewarding as it is challenging, and it’s a role that requires round-the-clock attention. At the end of our next academic year, I will have been chancellor for 11 years – twice the average tenure of college presidents today and longer than any of UWM’s chancellors, with the exception of our founding chancellor, J. Martin Klotsche. With our momentum on many fronts, now is the right time.

We have accomplished so many remarkable things together while weathering the strongest of headwinds. Just some of our recognitions include our Carnegie R1 status in 2016, the Carnegie Community Engaged University designation in 2015, APLU’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity designation in 2019, and the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Award in 2016.

We received record philanthropic support this and last year, including the largest gift in UWM’s history, and set other records in our last campaign. We have achieved remarkable capital and operational successes with the opening of the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin Center, and the nearly completed Chemistry building. Many other facilities have seen significant renovations, including the UWM Student Union and the College of Engineering and Applied Science. After a decade of strong fiscal management, our fiscal year 2025 budget is balanced, and our 10-year Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation last year was remarkably positive.

We also have withstood a global pandemic and managed ongoing budget cuts and enrollment challenges, all while creating vital and novel partnerships in data science, connected systems, health care, water and more. I must also note UWM’s founding role in the Higher Education Regional Alliance, which includes 17 public and private higher education and 10 community partners, to ensure student success and a talent pipeline in greater Milwaukee. UWM also is a founding member of M-Cubed, the partnership we began in 2015 with Milwaukee Public Schools and Milwaukee Area Technical College.

These accomplishments have resulted in transforming the lives of thousands of students whose futures are forever brighter because of you. I am exceptionally proud of the impact on our graduates – where they go and what they become. And I am grateful for the knowledge and innovation that our research university creates.

I’m also very proud of all our employees, who have given so much to make UWM what it is today. When I arrived at UWM in 1989, we were a mid-ranked R2 university. Thanks to the steadfast work of my predecessors, administrators and our dedicated faculty, staff and students, we have achieved far more than what the dwindling state support could enable. We should all feel gratified about what we have accomplished together and with our community support.

It will be no surprise that I am committed to finishing strong. We are launching new partnerships with area technical colleges, Microsoft, Titletown Tech and others. We’re advancing a philanthropic focused initiative with an emphasis on student success, and have made great progress on the construction of the new research vessel, Maggi Sue. We’re strengthening community relationships and preparing our campus for a vibrant future. We will continue our path of fiscal management and prepare the campus for my successor.

I deeply appreciate the tremendous support you have provided in good times and throughout the challenges. I highly value how much you care, which is a hallmark of the spirit of UWM. Thank you for the privilege of serving as chancellor of this important institution.

Best regards,

Mark A. Mone, PhD


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