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Ward names Bugher as a special assistant on policy issues

July 18, 2011 By Dennis Chaptman

Interim Chancellor David Ward today announced the appointment of Mark Bugher, director of University Research Park, to be his special assistant on a variety of policy issues.

“Mark has the experience in government, business and the university to help us navigate a challenging environment for higher education,” says Ward, who began today as interim chancellor. “His judgment, strategic thinking and political acumen will greatly benefit the university during a crucial, transitional time.”

Bugher will remain director of University Research Park and his new role in the interim chancellor’s office will be unpaid.

“I’m pleased to be part of a team that is dedicated to building on UW–Madison’s world-class status,” says Bugher. “This is a transitional period, but one that is filled with opportunity and challenge. We hope to take full advantage of the opportunities and meet the challenges with innovative, strategic and creative thinking.”

In his new role in Ward’s office, Bugher will advise the chancellor on a wide range of issues including strategic priorities, political issues from a statewide and local perspective and on the challenges of implementing administrative flexibilities granted to universities as part of the 2011-13 state budget.

Bugher has led the research park since 1999, and previously served as secretary of the state Department of Administration from 1996-99 and as state revenue secretary from 1988-96. He currently chairs the Wisconsin Technology Council and serves on the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce Board.

Under his leadership, the park has become home to 126 companies that employ more than 3,500 people. He is also guiding a 370-acre expansion of the park about two miles west of the existing research park.

Bugher also sits on the boards of directors of Madison Gas and Electric Co. and MGE Energy, Inc., and First Business Financial Services.