Thompson dedicated to UW campuses reopening in fall

UW-Madison leadership center to be named after Thompson

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Interim University of Wisconsin President Tommy Thompson says he has requested $110 million in funding from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to purchase masks and other equipment for campuses to safely reopen this fall amid the coronavirus.

The former Republican governor met with reporters Thursday before he was to speak for the first time as president at a Board of Regents meeting. Thompson takes over the system at a precarious time, as campuses struggle with deep budget holes caused by the coronavirus outbreak and complicated decisions about how and whether to reopen campuses in the fall.