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June 1, 2000

Board of Regents
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
1860 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Dear Regents,

Shortly after Nancy Zimpher became the Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she invited members of the metropolitan Milwaukee business community to come together quarterly to review the evolution of The Milwaukee Idea and to provide input and advice.

We write to you now in support of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's budget proposal, The Milwaukee Initiative,
which will be presented to the Board of Regents for approval very soon. We trust that you recognize the potential of bold
partnerships and the primacy to the State of Wisconsin of the Milwaukee metropolitan area's economic, educational, and
environmental health and growth. As people involved in business, we clearly recognize the enormus potential of UWM,
Wisconsin's urban research university, to contribute to Wisconsin's economic vitality.

Truly, an investment in UWM is an investment in Wisconsin. We, the members of the Chancellor's Council of Corporate
Sponsors, urge you to support and fully fund UW-Milwaukee's initiative to impact education, environment and health,
and economic growth and development in Wisconsin.

The Members of the Council of Corporate Sponsors
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Richard Abdoo
Chairman and CEO
Wisconsin Energy Corporation
Ben Barkin
Chairman Emeritus
Great Circus Parade, Inc.
Jeffery Bleustein
President and CEO
Harley Davidson, Inc.
John Bowlin
President and CEO
Miller Brewing Company
James Ericson
Chairman and CEO
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
Roger Fitzsimonds
Retired CEO
Firstar Corporation
Leonard Goldstein
Retired Chairman
Miller Brewing Company
Michael Grebe
Chairman and CEO
Foley & lardner
Bronson Hasse
President and CEO
Wisconsin Gas Company
Thomas Hefty
United Wisconsin Services, Inc.
Katherine Hudson
President and CEO
Brady Corporation
Jeffrey Joerres
President and CEO
Dennis Kuester
Marshall & Ilsley Corporation
David Lubar
Lubar and Company, Inc.
Sheldon Lubar
Chairman and CEO
Lubar and Company, Inc.
Stephen Marcus
Chairman and CEO
The Marcus Corporation
Carl Mueller
Mueller Communications
James W. Nellen II
Ameritech Wisconsin
Albert Nichols
Nichols Company, Inc.
Silas Nichols
ABB Flexible Automation, Inc.
Jack Pelisek
Senior Partner
Michael Best & Friedrich
Jill Pelisek
UWM School of Business
Eric Schenker
Emeritus Dean and Professor
UWM School of Business
Wendy Selig-Prieb
President and CEO
Milwaukee Brewers Baseball
John Shiely
President and CEO
Briggs and Stratton Corporation
Carol Skornicka
Senior Vice President
Midwest Express Airlines
Hans Storr
Principal Partner
Storr Investments
Sue Syzmczak
Safeway Sling
Edward Zore
Northwestern Mutual Life
Insurance Company