MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly today announced four finalists who are being considered for the position of chancellor at UW-Madison.

A 23-member search and screen committee, chaired by UW-Madison Professor Marsha Mailick Seltzer, recommended the finalists to Reilly and a special committee of the UW System Board of Regents chaired by Regent David G. Walsh, a UW-Madison alumnus.

The four candidates will participate in meetings and receptions on the campus from May 12 through May 15, where they will interact with faculty, academic staff, classified staff, students and community members. Reilly and the Regent committee will interview the finalists on May 14. The final appointment of a new chancellor must be confirmed by the full Board of Regents.


Finalist Public Reception
Dr. Gary D. Sandefur
Dean, College of Letters and Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Monday, May 12, 1:30-3pm
Main Lounge, Memorial Union
Dr. Biddy (Carolyn A.) Martin
Cornell University (New York)
Tuesday, May 13, 1:30-3pm
Main Lounge, Memorial Union
Dr. R. Timothy Mulcahy
Vice President for Research
University of Minnesota
Wednesday, May 14, 1:30-3pm
Main Lounge, Memorial Union
Dr. Rebecca M. Blank
Former Dean, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan
Thursday, May 15, 1:30-3pm
Main Lounge, Memorial Union


The person chosen will become UW-Madison’s 28th leader, succeeding Chancellor John D. Wiley, who plans to step down in September.

For more information about the four candidates, the public forums and the entire search process, see For information about the UW System, see

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