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Mark BugherMark Bugher

Heritage Foundation

Mark Bugher

2007 Heritage Foundation Award Winner

Marshfield Clinic Supporter Receives Clinic’s Heritage Foundation Award

Mark Bugher, a longtime supporter of Marshfield Clinic and former member of Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson’s Administration, is the 2008 recipient of Marshfield Clinic’s Heritage Foundation Award.

An Eau Claire native, Bugher was former Wisconsin revenue secretary and administration secretary in the 1990s and currently serves as UW-Madison Research Park director. He was honored as the 11th recipient of the prestigious Clinic honor on November 6 at the Eau Claire Golf and Country Club.

Bugher has served on the Marshfield Clinic National Advisory Council since 2000, the past six years as its chair. This group of business people offers direction to Clinic leaders. He also chaired the campaign to raise $40 million for the Laird Center for Medical Research that culminated in the building dedication in October.

Bugher said he was humbled by the award from a nationally recognized leader in health care. “I’m moved, and speechless,” Bugher said in accepting the award after remarks from an array of speakers that included his two adult sons, Andy and Tony, and his brother-in-law, Wisconsin Commerce Secretary Dick Leinenkugel. “I’m honored to be among the extraordinary group of doctors and public servants who have been past Heritage Foundation Award recipients,” Bugher said.

The Marshfield Clinic Heritage Foundation Award was established in 1997 to honor outstanding achievements to the community in fields such as medicine, law, education, business, government and civic leadership.

Marshfield Clinic President and CEO Karl Ulrich, M.D., M.M.M., praised Bugher. He shares a common trait with the 10 previous recipients of the Heritage Foundation Award, Ulrich said, noting that all of them “have an uncommon vision for the future.”

Marshfield Clinic Executive Director Reed Hall said the Madison resident richly deserves the award for his dedication to public service, economic development and strong advocacy of Marshfield Clinic as chair of the Marshfield Clinic National Advisory Council and as head of the UW-Madison Research Park.

Bugher’s career in public service has spanned three decades. When he was an Eau Claire County Board member, U.S. Congressman Steve Gunderson invited him to serve as his Third Congressional District director in the 1980s. Bugher joined the Thompson Administration soon after the governor was elected in 1986. He served first as executive assistant in the Department of Revenue, eventually overseeing the agency. He later served as the Department of Administration secretary under Thompson.

Bugher had high praise for Marshfield Clinic, calling it a “pearl and a gem for the state of Wisconsin. He said the Heritage Foundation Award sends the right message to the public because it takes a proactive, positive approach to public service at a time when cynicism about government and public service abounds.

View video of Mark Bugher's award ceremony.

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