At the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, our primary goal is to determine how we can produce and facilitate effective public leadership.
The Thompson Center funds faculty research across the University of Wisconsin System to advance public leadership and help leaders to address pressing policy challenges. Wisconsin’s future in transportation, energy, prison to work initiatives, improving independence for people with disabilities, and more.
Speaker funding may be applied for by student organizations, faculty, or departments of any UW System campus outside UW-Madison to promote local discussions of leadership and policymaking solutions in Wisconsin and beyond.
April 13, 2022: The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership and the University of Wisconsin Naval ROTC are pleased to present Leadership and Geopolitics: Navigating the Challenges with Admiral James Stavridis. Admiral Stavridis will …
April 7, 2022: Jeb Bush addressed students, faculty, staff, and community members at the University of Milwaukee at Waukesha on April 7. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, FOX6 Milwaukee, and the UWM Report covered the event.
March 16, 2022: The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee at Waukesha are pleased to announce that former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush will speak at the UWM at …
March 10, 2022: Governor Gary Locke visited UW-La Crosse and spoke on foreign policy and leadership. Coverage of the event can be found at WXOW, News8000, and WIZM news.
March 1, 2022: The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership and UW–La Crosse Political Science and Public Administration Department are pleased to announce that Ambassador Gary Locke will speak at the University of Wisconsin–La …
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Wis. Stat. § 36.68 declares that the mission of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership shall be “the facilitation of research, teaching, outreach, and needed policy reforms regarding effective public leadership that improves the practice of American government.”
The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership provides a multi-disciplinary, non-partisan environment to study, discuss, and improve leadership. Students, faculty members, policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders come together to share knowledge and learn about successful public leadership. We pledge to pursue leadership, to foster collegiality, and to be problem-solvers.