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.
June 18, 2021: The Public Leadership Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Alexander Tahk as Director of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership. In this new role, Professor Tahk’s responsibilities …
April 23, 2021: Wisconsin Public Radio Wisconsin Public Radio reported on the recent Thompson Center conference, The Opportunities & Challenges of COVID-19 Tracking Apps as Pandemic Control Mechanisms.
April 11, 2021: Wisconsin State Journal The Wisconsin State Journal discussed the recent Thompson Center conference, Legislative Power Over Administrative Agencies: A Retrospective on 2011 Wisconsin Act 21.
February 19, 2021: Ryan Owens announced today that he will step down as the inaugural Director of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership at the end of the academic school year. The announcement …
February 3, 2021: The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership will provide faculty research grants and fund speakers across the UW System in the 2021-22 academic year to address three topics: Preparing for Public …
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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.