Three women, two men named finalists for UW-Madison chancellor post

A special regent committee selected the finalists from a list of candidates that a 21-member search and screen committee selected.
UW Madison aerial photo
(University of Wisconsin-Madison website photo)

MADISON — Three women and two men are finalists to be chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the UW System’s flagship school.

A special regent committee selected the finalists, who include the UW-Madison provost, from a list of candidates that a 21-member search and screen committee selected, according to a news release. The finalists will interview next week to head the university, which has 47,000 students and 24,000 faculty and staff.

Rebecca Blank


The person chosen will replace Rebecca Blank, who will leave at the end of the school year to lead Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She has been chancellor since July 2013.

In alphabetical order, the finalists are:


  • Ann E. Cudd, provost and senior vice chancellor and philosophy professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Marie Lynn Miranda, an applied computational mathematics and statistics professor at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
  • Jennifer L. Mnookin, law school dean at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also is Ralph and Shirley Shapiro law professor.
  • Daniel A. Reed, presidential professor of computational science and former provost at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
  • John Karl Scholz, provost and Nellie June Gray economic policy professor at UW-M.

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