Pathways to Excellence Board establishes fund to honor Cronon's legacy

June 29th 2010
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Professor Bill Cronon

The Pathways to Excellence Program Board of Visitors, made up of prominent friends and alumni of the College of Letters & Science, has established the Bill Cronon Fund for Pathways to Excellence.

Cronon (BA'76, English & History) has been a professor at UW since 1992 — he is the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies.  Cronon has received distinguished teaching awards from both Yale and the UW-Madison and in 2006 became an American Academy of Arts and Science Fellow.

Cronon is known as the founder of the Pathways to Excellence Program which originated while he was Faculty Director of the Honors Program.  His idea was to create an opportunity where students could discover and realize their potential and their talent and their capacity for excellence.

To honor this visionary leader, the Pathways to Excellence Board of Visitors established a fund in his name.  The purpose is to directly benefit students in the Pathways Program and to address the program's top needs.

If you are interested in supporting the Bill Cronon Fund for Pathways to Excellence, please contact Cathy Webb at the UW Foundation at or (608) 263-2134.