Executive Leadership

Board of Regents

The Board of Regents establishes the policies and rules governing the University of Wisconsin System, conducts planning to meet future needs for university education in the state, sets admission standards and policies, reviews and approves university budgets, and establishes the regulatory framework within which individual units operate. The Board of Regents appoints the President of the UW System and the Chancellors of the 13 universities. It also grants tenure appointments to qualified faculty members. The Board holds its regular meetings eight times per year.

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Board of Regents


As chief executive officer, the President of the University of Wisconsin System has full executive responsibility for the operation and management of the UW System. The Vice Presidents and Chancellors report to the UW System President.

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Jay O. Rothman

President of the University of Wisconsin System

Office of the President

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Johannes Britz

Interim Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs

Office of Academic & Student Affairs

Sean Nelson

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Office of Finance
Office of Administration

Jeff Buhrandt

Vice President for University Relations

Office of University Relations

University of Wisconsin System Administration is involved in every aspect of UW System’s broad mission.



As executive heads of their respective faculties and universities, the Chancellors are responsible for the administration of their units including degree requirements; academic standards; grading systems; faculty appointments, evaluation, promotion and recommendations for tenure; auxiliary services; and budgetary management.

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