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This program is designed to give faculty, limited appointees, academic staff, and classified staff who currently hold administrative positions a chance to become more familiar with UW-Madison and its relationship with the UW System and the State; to enhance their knowledge and skills and their campus-wide network of knowledgeable sources. In particular, it presents an excellent opportunity for individuals who are new to the University. The program was originally created, and is now supported and funded, by the Office of Human Resources at UW-Madison.


This program began in 1985-86 as the Management Development Program, first conducted by Professor Emeritus Donald K. Smith.  After a one-year lapse, it was led in 1987-88 by Professor Emeritus Joseph F. Kauffman.  The name of the program was changed the following year, 1988-89, to the Administrative Development Program.  Sixteen years later, at the completion of the 2002-03 session, the name was officially changed to the "Joseph F. Kauffman Administrative Development Program" honoring Professor Kauffman’s continued dedication to the program.  Since mid 2004-05, in the wake of Professor Kauffman's waning health and subsequent passing, a staff of very capable emeriti retirees has stepped in to conduct the program. Participants find this program to be invaluable in their overall understanding of a campus of this size, as well as in the connections they make with fellow participants. As of the 2006-07 session, 536 employees have participated in the program.


This program is not a lecture series.  Rather, a guest is invited for the first half of each session, speaking informally on issues related to his or her role (e.g., the role of the System President, the Board of Regents; his or her views on the issues, challenges, and priorities for UW-Madison in the unfolding fiscal and political environment; the responsibility for Graduate education and research; a brief explanation of the budget process; or the differences between state and university administration, etc.)  Program coordinators want the participants to get to know the speakers and their values.  The second half of each session is devoted to open discussion among the group on current issues or a continued discussion of issues presented by the guest.


During the late spring and early summer each year, school and college deans, and directors of administrative divisions and support units are asked to nominate up to three candidates from their unit/division. A diverse group of participants is selected that includes faculty, academic staff, and classified staff, with consideration given to achieving balance in program areas and the nature and level of responsibilities.  The class is kept small—25-28 people.

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