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Monday, December 06, 2021

Ward announces team to investigate Chadima allegations

Chancellor David Ward announced the names of four individuals to review allegations of misconduct against former Senior Associate Athletic Director John Chadima Monday.

After being made aware of the allegations, Athletic Director Barry Alvarez placed Chadima on administrative leave last Friday. Chadima resigned later that day.

Officials are not yet releasing specific information regarding the claims.

Ward announced Monday that retired Dane County Circuit Judge Patrick Fielder will lead an independent review of the allegations.

Former Assistant Chief of the UW Police Department Dale Burke, former Dean of Students Roger Howard, and former assistant Dean of Students Yolanda Garza will also serve on the review team.

Vice Chancellor for University Relations Vince Sweeney said while the review is not mandated by university policy and Chadima has resigned, Ward thought the evaluation would be "prudent."

"We take all such allegations seriously so we followed up," Sweeney said. "We still think it's our job to follow up, and that's what we're doing."

Since the review is independent and not outlined by university policies, the team does not yet have a specified date to report their findings to Ward.

During his approximately 23 years at the university, Chadima served in a variety of administrative roles, including being a sport administrator for football, wrestling and men's and women's golf. Chadima also supervised Camp Randall Stadium's $100 million renovation that concluded in 2005.

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