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2003 Commencement Speaker

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Darrell Bazzell, the Vice Chancellor for Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is scheduled to be the Commencement Speaker for the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley’s 2003 ceremony. The event is set for 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16, and is being held in the campus’ Fieldhouse.

In his current role, Bazzell serves as UW-Madison’s chief budget officer, and is responsible for the overall supervision of the university’s administrative functions. This includes budgeting, facilities planning, general business services, and auxiliary operations. He also serves as a senior advisor to the chancellor and to the provost on administrative policies and practices.

During his 18 years of service as an employee with the State of Wisconsin, he has served deputy administrator for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Resource Management Division and director of that agency’s Plant Industry Bureau. He was also a policy and budget analyst for the departments of Administration and Health and Human Services.

In his most visible role as a state employee, Bazzell served as the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources from February 2001 to December 2002. Prior to that, he served as the deputy director of that department for five years and the administrator of its Office of Planning and Analysis for close to three years.

Bazzell has been active in numerous community service and professional organizations. He is the former president of the Wisconsin Association of Black Public Sector Employees, and remains active in leading that group. Among the activities that he enjoys in his spare time is being a Big Brother.

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is one of the thirteen University of Wisconsin Colleges, with an enrollment of nearly 1,800 students enrolled on its Menasha campus. Approximately 140 students have met the requirements to walk across the stage and be presented with the Associate of Arts and Science Degree in front of an expected audience of nearly 700.

As part of the evening’s proceedings, numerous students are to be cited for outstanding academic achievements and recognized for earning various scholarships. Selected faculty and staff members are also to be recognized for their teaching and service throughout the past academic year.

Posted 5/7/2003