The Arboretum is a UW–Madison research and learning center under the oversight of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE). The Arboretum Director is responsible for providing leadership and implementing the mission and policies of the Arboretum. The Arboretum Committee is a standing governance committee appointed by the Chancellor in consultation with the VCRGE. The Arboretum Committee draws its membership from constituent groups and faculty/staff who have a stake in its diverse programs and operations. The Arboretum Committee advises the VCRGE and the Arboretum Director on procedures and policies regarding the use, management, and direction of Arboretum lands and facilities in order to facilitate the research, teaching, and education/outreach functions of the Arboretum in support of its overall mission.

2016–17 Arboretum Committee Members

  • David Drake (chair), Forest and Wildlife Ecology
  •  Nicholas Balster, Soil Science
  • Ellen Damschen (on sabbatical), Zoology
  • James Hurley, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Katherine McMahon, Civil and Environmental Engineering / Bacteriology
  • Susan Paskewitz, Entomology
  • Bret Shaw, Life Sciences Communication
  • Susan Carpenter, Arboretum Staff Representative

Ex officio, voting

  • Kris Ackerbauer, Physical Plant, FP&M
  • Jeff Glazer, Friends of the Arboretum Representative
  • Rhonda James, Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture, FPM

Ex officio, non-voting

  • Gary Brown, Facilities, Planning and Management Director
  • Norman Drinkwater, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Biological Sciences / Oncology
  • Tyler Lark, Graduate Student Representative
  • Donna Paulnock, Arboretum Interim Director