University of Wisconsin–Madison

Five Year Program

Ruth Bachhuber Doyle

Ruth Doyle was a Wisconsin politician and educator. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1916, Doyle was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, as a Democrat from Dane County, Wisconsin, serving from 1949-1953. She was the first woman from Dane County to be elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly. She was warmly welcomed into the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty after serving as the first female president of the Madison School Board. At UW-Madison she launched the Five Year Program which aimed to recruit and retain minority students on campus. Today, the Program is known as the Center for Academic Excellence. She died in Madison, Wisconsin on May 6, 2006, aged 89.