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Larry Schnack Heads State|
Year 2000 Committee
MAILED: Dec. 2, 1998|
Often when people retire, relaxing and settling into a new life is among their chief priorities.
But for University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chancellor Emeritus Larry Schnack, there's still work to be done.
On Sept. 1, Schnack was appointed by Gov. Tommy Thompson to head the state's Blue Ribbon Commission on Year 2000 Preparedness, a 15-member task force formed in response to an expected failure of many computer applications and related technologies because of the two digit year recognition programming feature.
The commission is responsible for reporting on public and private sector readiness for the Year 2000 problem and suggesting ways to improve these efforts.
Thompson personally asked Schnack to head the commission, giving him an opportunity to provide yet another service to the state.
"The topic on information and technology is something that always interests me," Schnack said. "I thought if I could be of some help, I'd give it a try."
The commission's charge is to provide recommendations to the governor on the status of the Year 2000 problem, which will then be used to take appropriate action in the future, he said. Nine subcommittees have been formed by the commission, which will study progress in specific fields such as health care, agriculture, transportation, infrastructure and finance.
"We are also an information seeking body," Schnack said. "We have heard and intend to hear from many sectors in Wisconsin on their plans and on their state of readiness."
Schnack wants to make solving the Year 2000 problem a group effort.
"We hope the state government will support private businesses whenever possible and vice versa," Schnack said. "We're all in this together and we need to share all the information there is on the situation with each other."
Under Schnack's leadership, the commission will give Thompson progress reports until the body dissolves on Dec. 31, 1999.
"There's a lot to be done in this area, but we're confident we'll gather some information that will be helpful," Schnack said. "It's a very good committee and everyone is very knowledgeable and taking this seriously. I very much appreciate that."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Dec. 3, 1998