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.”
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.