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Sunday, June 16, 2024

UW System President appoints committee for UW-Madison Chancellor Search

University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly appointed a committee Monday to represent the campus community in the search for the next University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor.

The Search and Screen Committee will narrow down applicants for a new UW-Madison chancellor who will begin in the 2013-2014 academic year, replacing Interim Chancellor David Ward, who began his current term in July 2011.

The committee includes UW-Madison faculty, staff, a dean and two students, according to a statement released Monday. Other members come from UW System boards and administration.

The search committee plans to recommend at least five final candidates for the chancellor position to UW System regents by spring break, according to Search and Screen Committee Chair David McDonald, who is also a UW-Madison history professor.

A special committee of regents, including Reilly, will then select the most qualified candidate to present to the full board for appointment.

According to McDonald, basic qualifications for a chancellor include scholarly achievement, previous leadership experience at universities and the campus community’s respect for the individual.

Additionally, he said part of the search committee's purpose is to determine more specific qualifications for the new chancellor position, especially for a diverse university such as UW-Madison.

"Each constituency [at UW-Madison] has their own vision of what they'd like to see in a chancellor," McDonald said. "My committee’s job, in part, is to try and harmonize and blend those separate visions into something common."

McDonald said the search committee will hold a series of public listening sessions to hear these opinions from around campus.

The search committee will have its first meeting Oct. 3.

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