UW-Eau Claire Alumni

President's Award
2018 Recipients

President's Award: Recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Jason Craig
Jason Craig

Jason Craig í00, bachelorís degree in marketing;í10, masterís degree in business administration

Jason Craig has spent the majority of his career at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, working in various roles that led him to his current position as vice chair of administration. In this role, Craig has led efforts to create new services for patients, has administrative responsibility for dozens of clinical and non-clinical services in the health system, and has led the strategic planning, design and construction of approximately $100 million in new facilities throughout northwest Wisconsin.

“Few, if any, of my accomplishments would have been possible without the experiences and relationships I gained during my time at UW-Eau Claire,” Craig said. “My undergraduate education provided the foundational knowledge necessary to be successful, while my MBA experience better informed my critical and strategic thinking.”

Craig has been instrumental in establishing the Mayo Clinic Health System-UW-Eau Claire master collaborative research agreement, working with UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt and MCHS Regional Vice President Dr. Richard Helmers since the project’s inception. Craig also represents MCHS in the ongoing planning for the Sonnentag Complex, a partnership that also includes the Blugold Real Estate Foundation and Eau Claire YMCA. The project will house event space as well as health and wellness facilities and services for UW-Eau Claire and the community.

Craig’s involvement in the community also has included leadership roles with the United Way, the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Eau Claire program, the North Barstow/Medical Improvement District and the Eau Claire Chamber’s Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley. He also mentors UW-Eau Claire College of Business students.

Ray Skwierczynski

Ray Skwierczynski

Raymond Skwierczynski í84, bachelorís degree in chemistry and mathematics

After graduating from UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Ray Skwierczynski began his career in the pharmaceutical industry at Baxter International, where he worked on the development of intravenous formulations and a new delivery device. This work sparked his interest in pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in pharmaceutics, as well as post-doctoral research in chemistry, at UW-Madison.

Skwierczynski then returned to the pharmaceutical industry and held positions of increasing responsibility at Roche, 3M Pharmaceuticals, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Takeda, and CoLucid Pharmaceuticals. Currently he has a consulting firm that works with start-up biotech companies.

Among the highlights of Skwierczynski’s accomplished career was helping to lead the development of a multiple myeloma drug, approved by the FDA in late 2015, providing new hope to patients fighting this disease, the second most common blood cancer.

“Late on the day of the approval, I reflected on the significance of the team's accomplishment and on my personal journey to get to that day,” Skwierczynski said. “The first patient was dosed in 2008, the year during which my two brothers died of cancer. Seven years later, myeloma patients had more hope because of my work and the work of my colleagues.”

Skwierczynski has been very active in community and professional organizations throughout his career. He currently serves on an expert committee for the U.S. Pharmacopeia, an organization that sets standards for medicines in the U.S. and 190 other countries. He also serves on the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board of directors.

View the list of past recipients of this award.