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The decision of the Milwaukee-Downer College Board of Trustees to sell their campus and associated buildings to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was a historic event for both institutions and for Lawrence College. Sherwin Howard, assistant to the president at Lawrence University from 1971 to 1980, investigated the trustee decision-making process. He wrote a thesis on the subject and submitted the results of his investigation to the University of Wisconsin-Madison as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (1980). Much of Part I of this report has been derived from Howard’s thesis. This includes many of his graphs and tables. Part II summarizes the impact of the trustees’ decision on Lawrence College. Data for Part II has been derived from sources in the Lawrence University Archives and the author’s personal records. Part III deals with the impact of the consolidation on Milwaukee-Downer College alumnae.

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Appleton, WI

The Consolidation of Milwaukee-Downer College and Lawrence College