In a matter of weeks, COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of our lives — and left many people wondering what will become of higher education. How are university leaders responding to the pandemic while preserving instruction, critical research, essential campus operations, and UW spirit and pride? How are universities playing a central role in response to this pandemic?

Join fellow UW alumni online for a special livestream with two UW leaders who are at the heart of these questions. The talks will be moderated by Mike Knetter, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. After opening remarks, the speakers will take questions from the audience via live chat. The program will begin with Coach Greg Gard and conclude with Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

Rebecca Blank has been the chancellor of UW–Madison since 2013. An internationally respected economist, she served on the national Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton and as secretary of commerce under President Barack Obama. Before coming to Wisconsin, she was on the faculty at Northwestern, Princeton, and the University of Michigan.

Chancellor Blank will discuss the UW’s response to COVID-19 and the pandemic’s impact on academics.


Greg Gard is the 2020 Big Ten men’s basketball Coach of the Year. With nearly 30 years of coaching experience, Gard first came to the Badgers as an assistant in 2001. He became head coach on the retirement of Bo Ryan in December 2015, and he’s led the UW into the NCAA tournament three times in his first four years. His squad was Big Ten co-champions in 2020.

Gard will talk about the lows and highs of a roller coaster season.


A recording of each livestream will be available on uwalumni.com after the event.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

This event is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®.