Wisconsin Senator Sheila Harsdorf receives tribute from higher education compact
ST. LOUIS, MO; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; MADISON, WI — During the annual business meeting of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) on November 14, Wisconsin Senator Sheila Harsdorf was presented with the Phillip Sirotkin Award for exemplary leadership in advancing Midwestern higher education through interstate cooperation.
“Senator Harsdorf continues to be a significant force in MHEC’s success in Wisconsin,” said MHEC President Larry Isaak. “Her leadership as chair of the Senate Universities and Technical Colleges Committee has kept her in the forefront of important postsecondary issues and an advocate for MHEC,” he added.
Harsdorf was appointed as a MHEC commissioner in 2003 and again in 2011, 2013, and 2015. During her time as commissioner she has participated on numerous committees and also served as the MHEC treasurer and vice chair before becoming chair of the MHEC governing commission in 2013-2014.
“It is truly an honor and I am humbled to be recognized by my fellow commissioners with the Phillip Sirotkin Award. MHEC is an exemplary organization that serves to create efficiencies and cost savings for higher education institutions through collaboration of its member states. As a commissioner I am proud to support MHEC’s continued efforts to provide programs and services to enhance student opportunities,” said Harsdorf. In the early 1990s, Sirotkin was the visionary behind the regional higher education cooperation in the Midwest. MHEC established the Phillip Sirotkin Award in his honor in 1999 and periodically confers the award upon individuals that have been voted upon by the entire commission.
In addition to Senator Harsdorf, current Wisconsin commissioners are: Representative Joan Ballweg, Wisconsin State Legislature; Ms. Margaret Farrow, regent for the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents; Mr. Don Madelung, vice president of Pierce Mortuary Colleges; and Dr. Rolf Wegenke, president and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Dr. Morna K. Foy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System and Mr. David L. Miller, vice president for administration of the University of Wisconsin System serve as commissioner alternates.
The Midwestern Higher Education Compact is a nonprofit regional organization assisting Midwestern states in advancing higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing. MHEC seeks to fulfill its interstate mission through programs that expand postsecondary opportunity and success; promote inno¬vative approaches to improving institutional and system productivity; improve affordability to students and states; and enhance connectivity between higher education and the workplace. Member states are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. www.mhec.org
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