UW Hospital and Clinics Announces New Board Members

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MADISON – University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board of Directors announced five new members at its July meeting. New to the board are: Roger E. Axtel, Judith V. Crain, Carolyn "Biddy" Martin, Michael J. Spector, and Dr. George Wilding.

The Board also elected new officers including David Walsh as chair, Patrick G. Boyle as vice chair, and re-elected James Roberts as secretary.

"I am delighted to welcome our new board members and look forward to their contributions in the board's quest to ensure that UW Hospital and Clinics will continue to serve the Wisconsin community with quality and compassion," said Walsh. "Each brings unique skills and backgrounds that will add to the board's ability to achieve its goals. As new chair, I am also anticipating a close and productive working relationship with the new board officers as well as with the UWHC CEO and leadership team."

Roger Axtell, who has previously served on the board, is an author and personal and business motivational consultant. His best-selling books include, Do's and Taboos Around the World: A Guide to International Behavior and Gestures; Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World; and Do's and Taboos Around the World for Women in Business. He has also written books in this series on international trade, use of English internationally, and housing international visitors.

Axtell is the former vice president of worldwide marketing for the Parker Pen Company, and in this position traveled the world for more than 30 years. He has been a full-time professional speaker since 1986 and has served as a "dollar-a-year" consultant to three Wisconsin governors. He is a frequent guest on national media shows and was described by The New Yorker as "an international Emily Post."

Judith Crain was a member of the Green Bay Board of Education for 16 years, serving as its president from 1997 to 2002. In addition to her extensive work in Wisconsin's education system, she has contributed her time and skills to dozens of community organizations. She has long been active in the Brown County United Way, serving as board chair, campaign chair, and chair for the Children and Families Impact Council. She was a long-time board member and is the past president of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.


Crain has been recognized as an outstanding volunteer by numerous organizations. As a former trustee for the UW-Green Bay Chancellor's Council, she has previous experience working within the UW System. A graduate of UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in history, she also earned a Master's degree of theological studies from the Garrett Theological Seminary.

Carolyn "Biddy" Martin is the incoming chancellor at UW-Madison and will begin serving in that capacity in the fall at which time she will join the UW Hospital and Clinics board. As provost of Cornell University from 2000-2008, Martin acted as the president's first deputy officer and reported to the president as the chief educational officer and chief operating officer of the university. She was responsible for overseeing all academic programs, with the exception of those programs reporting to the provost for medical affairs in New York City.

Martin received her PhD in German literature in 1985 from the UW-Madison. That same year, she joined Cornell University's faculty full-time as an assistant professor of German studies and women's studies She served as chair of the department of German studies from 1994-97, and in 1997 was promoted to full professor in the department. In 1996, she was appointed senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Martin was appointed Cornell University's provost in July 2000. She has authored numerous articles and two books—one on a literary and cultural figure in the Freud circle, Lou Andreas-Salome, and the other on gender theory.

Michael Spector is a member of the UW System Board of Regents. He worked for 35 years with Quarles & Brady, LLP, where he served as chair and managing partner before his retirement in 2002. Spector also previously served as an associate deputy attorney general of the United States, and as chair of Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle's Task Force on Educational Excellence. He is currently a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Leadership Council for the Organization of American Historians, and the UW Pathways to Excellence Board of Visitors. Spector earned his Bachelor's degree from UW Madison, and law degree from Harvard University Law School, and attended the London School of Economics.

Dr. George Wilding was named Director of the University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center in January 2004. A nationally renowned prostate cancer researcher, Wilding is the Donald and Marilyn Anderson professor of medicine and serves as head of the Medical Oncology section within the Department of Medicine at UW Medical School. He has been a UW Carbone Cancer Center member since joining the UW faculty in 1988.

A native of Everett, Mass., Wilding graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he also completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine. He underwent training in Medical Oncology within the Medicine Branch at the National Cancer Institute. He has a Master's degree (pharmacology) from Pennsylvania State University and Bachelor's degrees from Tufts University (chemical engineering and biology).


Date Published: 07/09/2008

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