The University of Wisconsin System has hired an associate vice president for economic development to strengthen relationships between the UW System and businesses statewide, and to connect researchers among the various campuses to drive statewide economic growth, UW System President Kevin Reilly announced Monday.
David A. Brukardt, a fourth-generation Wisconsin native who currently lives in Spokane, Wash., was chosen for the new position after a national search.
Brukardt is to closely collaborate with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), which is jointly funding the new position with the UW System. He will work on strategies to create and retain businesses, including technology transfer and large-scale research collaborations among UW institutions and other entities, Reilly's news release said.
The announcement came as Gov. Scott Walker's office said Monday the governor will travel to Green Bay, Weston and then Madison to roll out "a major University of Wisconsin System economic development initiative."