UWGB announces donors for new school of engineering

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - UW-Green Bay will name its new engineering school the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering.

Resch, the CEO of KI, gave a $5 million gift to support UWGB's new engineering program.

The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation gave $1 million to support STEM education at UWGB. The school says that's the largest single donation made by the charitable organization.

"Very excited about this. I think it is a tremendous asset for the region, from the economic development perspective and for our company," WPS and WE Energies president Kevin Fletcher said. "It's huge for us to allow a student who has an interest in engineering to come and study here and be able to stay here in this region."

“We are deeply appreciative to both Dick Resch and the WPS Foundation for supporting this project,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “Both gifts represent something special to UW-Green Bay. Dick Resch’s gift is transformational for our university and is one of the largest donations in our history. The WPS Foundation was the first donor to step forward and pledge their support to take this initiative from concept to reality. These two organizations and their donations are a significant gift to the University and the region. Our shared vision and support for STEM is a game changer for Northeast Wisconsin and will create a great legacy for future generations.”

On Feb. 9, the UW Board of Regents signed off on the engineering school and mechanical engineering program at UWGB. It's the university's first four-year engineering program.

UWGB plans to accept new freshman into the program for the Fall 2018 semester.

The Richard J. Resch School of Engineering will be housed at the STEM Center located on Phoenix Innovation Park. The park will be owned by Brown County and located on campus.

It will also house the UW Extension, Brown County Land and Water Conservation and Einstein Project.

The county and state are each giving $5 million toward the construction of the STEM Center.

The STEM Center will be the first new building on campus since 2008.

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