Joe T

UW-Fond du Lac and the other UW Colleges are often referred to as “access institutions” as they provide an opportunity to its students to get a world-class education at a very reasonable cost. In many cases, these students are the first ones in their families to attend college, an opportunity they might not have had if not for the close proximity and low cost that places like UW-Fond du Lac offered to them.
I was one of those kids. I knew I wanted to go on to college but wasn’t really sure what discipline I wanted to pursue. What I DID know is that I wanted to continue playing basketball. Fortunately, legendary basketball coach Dick Knar sent me an invitation letter to come play at the UW and that was the hook to bring me in. But looking back, playing basketball was just the catalyst to other far more important benefits. I received my 2-year degree and went on to graduate from UW-Oshkosh with my Bachelor’s Degree. Most importantly, UW-Fond du Lac is where I met my lovely wife, Kathy. Three children and three grandchildren later here we are. And the UW-Fond du Lac campus has continued to serve my family as my eldest daughter got married at the beautiful University Center several years ago.
So when I was asked to join the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation board 7 years ago I jumped at the chance because I realized this was MY opportunity to pay it forward and to express my gratitude for the start UW-Fond du Lac gave to me by assisting others with similar stories. I am honored to give of my time, talents and resources to do so.