- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 7, 2007

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Ed Weidner, who was hired in 1966 as chancellor for a university campus that didn’t exist and developed a vision into the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, died June 6 of congestive heart failure. He was 85.

Mr. Weidner was chosen to create and lead a curriculum for a new four-year university on Green Bay’s far northeast side.

His first office was in a farmhouse when he arrived in Green Bay in 1967, but he centered the university curriculum around the environment, interdisciplinary education and problem-solving that became a model for future campuses as the first buildings opened in 1969.

Mr. Weidner was also a major supporter of athletics, especially advancing women’s sports.

He came to Green Bay from the University of Kentucky, where he was a professor of political science and director of the Center for Developmental Change. He had previously headed programs at the University of Hawaii and Michigan State University.

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