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UW president Rothman talks college, jobs at annual LADCO meeting in La Crosse



Universities of Wisconsin president Jay Rothman speaks at the annual LADCO meeting at the La Crosse Center on Jan. 24, 2024 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Universities of Wisconsin president Jay Rothman paid a visit Wednesday to La Crosse discussing with community leaders education and the working world.

Rothman, at the annual La Crosse Area Development Corporation (LADCO) meeting in the La Crosse Center, talked of the importance of graduating students from UW in how it provides workers in several fields.

“The state needs more nurses, it needs more engineers, it needs more data scientists,” Rothman told reporters. “We are a great talent generator for the state. I think we are a great attractor of talent, but that we need more investment as well.”

Local business people met on Jan. 24, 2024, for the group’s annual LADCO meeting at the La Crosse Center (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Rothman supports efforts to complete Phase II of the Prairie Springs Science Center at UW-La Crosse. The first phase of the new center opened a few years ago, but construction of the second half of the building has been stalled by Republicans in Madison for over five years.

Rothman called UW-L a “terrific” university, led by a good team, and he had words of support for new interim chancellor Betsy Morgan.

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  1. Tim

    January 25, 2024 at 8:26 am

    Our non-profit celebrated this past year’s work and gave out annual awards to local people for their incredible contributions to the La Crosse area. And our keynote featured the Universities of Wisconsin President. Instead you chose to focus on the fired chancellor, who wasn’t even in attendance at the meeting. Totally inaccurate headline and coverage of the event.

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