Board of Directors

John P. Morgridge
John P. Morgridge
Tashia F. Morgridge
Tashia F. Morgridge
John W. Daniels, Jr.
John W. Daniels, Jr.
Mary Gulbrandsen
Mary Gulbrandsen
Ted D. Kellner
Ted D. Kellner
David Ward
David Ward

 

John P. Morgridge and his wife, Tashia F. Morgridge, established the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars (FFWS) in December 2007 with a contribution of 6 million shares of Cisco stock to help make higher education accessible to talented public school graduates in the state. John is chair of the FFWS Board of Directors.

John has had a lengthy career as a business executive, an educator and a philanthropist. He is currently chair emeritus of Cisco Systems, a multinational corporation that designs and sells networking and communications technology and services. John joined Cisco in 1988 as President and CEO, and grew the company from $5 million to more than $1 billion in sales and from 34 employees to more than 2,250. In 1990, he took Cisco public; in 1995, he was appointed chair; and in November 2006, he became chair emeritus. During his tenure, Cisco became the world leader in networking for the Internet, with approximately $30 billion in annual revenues and 54,500 employees in 77 countries.

Throughout his career, John (along with his wife Tashia) has made access to education one of his top priorities. John and Tashia established the Morgridge Center for Public Service on the UW-Madison campus, gave $31 million to the UW-Madison School of Education to modernize and expand the Education Building, gave $50 million to a research center on the UW-Madison campus that is slated for completion in 2010, and participated in an $85 million donation to help the UW School of Business attract and retain top faculty and staff. They are also sponsors of numerous scholarships.

John is past chair of The Nature Conservancy and serves on the boards of Business Executives for National Security, CARE, the Cisco Foundation, the Cisco Learning Institute, the Morgridge Institute for Research, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, the TOSA Foundation, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). John also teaches management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and serves on its School of Business Advisory Council.

John and Tashia are both graduates of Wauwatosa High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.


Tashia F. Morgridge is co-founder of the FFWS and serves on its Board of Directors. Tashia is an educator, curriculum expert and author. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master’s degree from Lesley University in Massachusetts, Tashia devoted her career to special education at the elementary school level. She is author of the book Award-Winning Activities for All Curriculum Areas.

Tashia’s volunteerism, philanthropy and board service have focused on children and young adults. She is former chair of the Board of Directors of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, an ex-officio member of the Board of the Morgridge Center for Public Service in Wisconsin and a member of the Board of Visitors for the UW-Madison School of Education. She is an active supporter of an early literacy program, Reading Recovery. Tashia also currently serves on the boards of a variety of non-profit organizations devoted to children. These include the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, the I Have a Dream-Palo Alto organization, the Stanford New Schools Corporation and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and Campus Compact. She is also current president of the TOSA Foundation.

Tashia and John have been married for over 50 years and have three children and six grandchildren. Committed to family and recreation, the couple runs a summer camp each summer for their grandchildren. Tashia is the author of Cousins’ Camp, a story based on the summer camp. John and Tashia also have bicycled across the U.S., climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and cross-country skied above the Arctic Circle.


John W. Daniels, Jr. joined the FFWS Board of Trustees in 2008. A graduate of Harvard Law School, John has built a distinguished career of almost 34 years in Wisconsin, both in law and in public service. He was named by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s top 50 most influential attorneys of color.

As Chairman of Quarles & Brady in Milwaukee, John has been significantly involved in numerous high-profile projects, including the redevelopment of urban centers and numerous major real estate projects. Nationally, he has represented major corporations such as General Electric Capital, Xerox, Kraft, and Philip Morris Capital.

Of particular note in John’s professional career are his roles as lead advisor to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a major redevelopment project, advisor to the State of Wisconsin Investment Board and advisor to the developers of the largest urban mall in Wisconsin.

John’s career is only partially defined, however, by his law experience and distinctions. Demonstrating his commitment to community service, John is currently the Vice Chairman of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and on the Boards of Directors of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, the Ralph Evinrude Foundation, and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. He is Director Emeritus of the Medical College of Wisconsin, and formerly served on the Boards of Directors of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Milwaukee.

A 1972 master’s graduate of the University of Wisconsin, John has been honored with fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation Fellowship, and has been listed since 1993 in The Best Lawyers in America. He is the former national president of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Thurgood Marshall Award and the Human Relations Award given by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.


Mary Gulbrandsen is executive director of the FFWS. A pediatric nurse practitioner and highly skilled administrator, Mary has dedicated her career to benefitting children by combining her interest and expertise in medicine and education. She is recognized for her commitment to ensuring health care and quality education for all children, and her ability to find funding for those services. She frequently writes and speaks about this work.

A passionate supporter of public education, Mary joined the Madison Metropolitan School District over 30 years ago to implement and run the program that placed health-services staff in all Madison public schools. Mary went on to serve in a variety of leadership roles in the school district, including as chief of staff to the superintendent of schools, where she worked on long-range planning, finance and operations and programs designed to improve student achievement. During her tenure with the school district, Mary was selected as one of Madison Magazine’s “22 People You Should Know” and also featured in an article entitled “Power, Influence and Anonymity: the Seven Women Power Brokers You Need to Know”. She retired in June 2007 as Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Student Services for the district.

Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and two masters degrees, in pediatric nursing and in administrative medicine, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mary also devotes substantial time to volunteerism and board service. She is currently a member of the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation board and the Bethel Lutheran Church Foundation board. She is married to Carl Gulbrandsen, and together they have three children, Lars, Ellen and Erik and three grandchildren.


Ted D. Kellner serves on the Board of Directors of the FFWS. Ted is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 40 years of investment experience, and currently serves as chair and chief executive officer of Fiduciary Management, Inc. of Milwaukee, an investment firm that he founded in 1980. The firm currently manages more than $4 billion in assets. Ted also founded Fiduciary Real Estate Development, Inc., located in Milwaukee, which owns over 5,000 multi-family units in Wisconsin. He currently serves as treasurer of Fiduciary.

Ted serves on the boards of American Family Mutual Insurance Company, Lakeview Equity Partners, Marshall & Ilsley, Mason Wells, Inc. and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. As an active supporter of non-profit organizations, he also serves on the boards of the Children’s Hospital System, Bluecoats Foundation, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Humane Society and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. (Summerfest), of which he is treasurer and past president. Within the UW System, Ted has served as chair of the board of the University of Wisconsin Foundation (where is he currently a board member), president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and president of the Wisconsin School of Business Board of Visitors (where he is currently a board member).

Ted and his wife, Mary, both hold degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have been generous contributors to the school. Most recently, they joined a small group of investors that donated $85 million to help the UW School of Business attract and retain top faculty. The couple has three children, Jack, Laura and Kristin.


David Ward is a member of the Board of Directors of the FFWS. A leading spokesperson for American higher education, David is past president of the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. and is currently the interim chancellor at the UW-Madison.

David received his doctorate in 1963 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he would later serve as chancellor. Prior to becoming chancellor, David also served as associate dean of the graduate school from 1980 to 1987 and as vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost from 1989 to 1993. During his four years as provost of UW-Madison, he led the development of a strategic plan that improved the quality of undergraduate education, added to campus research facilities and enhanced the connections among the university, the city, the business community and the state.

David’s commitment to higher education has taken many forms. He is currently chair of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development, a nonprofit group that spearheaded the development of Internet 2.

During his career as a geography professor, David taught at UW-Madison and held visiting appointments at University College London, The Australian National University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and at his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Leeds.