WiscNet Announces New Structure, Membership Growth

Posted by Lisa Strand on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 in State News

WiscNet announced today that it will be positioning itself "to serve UW as a possible customer, rather than a member, and separating WiscNet’s fiscal, accounting, human resources and procurement functions from the UW."

The changes were approved to comply with provisions in the 2011-13 state budget that called for an audit of the UW's relationship to WiscNet and sought to eliminate the UW's involvement in certain telecommunications-related activities. WLA members, many of whom work at schools and libraries that rely on WiscNet for affordable internet service and support, sprung into action to advocate for an extension of the deadline for any changes. Unfortunately, attempts to change the deadline were unsuccessful, thereby requiring WiscNet to determine how to separate from the UW while maintaining its important membership services by July 1, 2013.

Ross Wilson, Chairperson of the WiscNet Board of Directors, said, “WiscNet is currently undergoing changes that will not only support WiscNet’s record-breaking growth, but also continue to keep the University of Wisconsin within the law with regards to recent legislation. These changes include positioning WiscNet to serve UW as a possible customer, rather than a member, and separating WiscNet’s fiscal, accounting, human resources and procurement functions from the UW.

"As a result of being freed from institutional bureaucracies," Wilson said, "WiscNet will experience new entrepreneurial flexibilities that benefit the WiscNet community. WiscNet will continue to remain a reliable and innovative resource today and well into the future. While change has been our recent focus, we’re directing our focus back to WiscNet’s Strategic Plan 2016 and growing more networks for Wisconsin.”

WiscNet also announced the approval of 17 new members during its August board meeting.

Read the entire message on the WiscNet blog.

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