Governor Doyle Appoints Tim Sullivan, Bucyrus CEO Chair of Council on Workforce Investment

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle announced the appointment today of Tim Sullivan as Chair of the Wisconsin Council on Workforce Investment (CWI).  Sullivan is the president and chief executive officer of Bucyrus International, Inc., based in South Milwaukee.


“I am very pleased to appoint Tim Sullivan Chair of the Council of Workforce Investment,” Governor Doyle said.  “Tim is a very successful business leader who understands how crucial it is to have a skilled, talented workforce in order to maintain our industries and grow our economy.  I know Tim will help my Administration carry out our vision of advancing workforce training to meet the needs of businesses.”


The Council on Workforce Investment advises the Governor on workforce investment strategies, policies, and programs to assist the Governor in advancing his “Grow Wisconsin” economic and workforce development plan.  Members of the council include: business representatives; state agency department heads; representatives from the K-12 public school system, technical college system, and UW System; individuals with experience in workforce development issues; and representatives of organized labor.


A major focus of the council has been facilitating regional alignment of workforce development, economic development, and education and training in order to meet the needs of Wisconsin’s businesses and workers.  Through the Governor’s Growing Regional Opportunities in Wisconsin (GROW) grants, the Council has targeted investments of almost $1 million to support the development of these regional partnerships around the state.  A direct outcome of these efforts has been $10 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Labor WIRED program awarded to Wisconsin to advance regional workforce development efforts.


Tim Sullivan has served as president and chief executive officer of Bucyrus International since March 2004.  He began his career with Bucyrus in 1976, and has worked for the company in various positions ever since, except for a one-year stint in 1999 as president and chief executive officer of United Container Machinery, Inc. in Maryland.  He is also actively involved in his community, sitting on the Board of the National Mining Association, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and Milwaukee County Private Industry Council, among others.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Carroll College in 1975 and a master’s degree in Business Administration from American Graduate School of International Management of Glendale, Arizona in 1976.  Tim Sullivan and his wife live in Eagle, Wisconsin.


More information about the Council on Workforce Investment can be found online at


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