MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System interim President Michael J. Falbo announced today five finalists for the position of chancellor of UW-Madison, the System’s flagship university with 47,000 students and 24,000 faculty and staff.

A Special Regent Committee selected the finalists from a list of candidates identified by a 21-member Search and Screen Committee led by UW System Regent Vice President Karen Walsh, chair, and Susan Hagness, Professor and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, vice chair. The finalists will interview next week in Madison with the Special Regent Committee and Falbo along with other groups, including shared governance representatives, students, faculty, and deans. The finalists will also take part in a public conversation.

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Ann E. Cudd
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Marie Lynn Miranda
Professor of Applied Computational Mathematics and Statistics and former Provost, University of Notre Dame
South Bend, IN

Jennifer L. Mnookin
Dean, School of Law, and Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Daniel A. Reed
Presidential Professor of Computational Science and former Provost, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

John Karl Scholz
Provost and Nellie June Gray Professor of Economic Policy, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Madison, WI

After reviewing campus feedback, the Special Regent Committee, chaired by Regent President Edmund Manydeeds III and including Regents Amy Blumenfeld Bogost, Mike Jones, Tracey L. Klein, John W. Miller, and Walsh, will recommend a single successful candidate to the Board of Regents.

For more information about the five candidates, the public conversations, and the search process, see the UW-Madison chancellor search website. For more information about UW-Madison, go to its website:


The University of Wisconsin–Madison, the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin System, is recognized internationally for its rigorous academics, ground-breaking research, and steadfast commitment to public service. Since its founding as a land-grant university in 1848, UW–Madison has been at the forefront of education, innovation, and discovery.


The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 165,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. Nearly 90 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree – with a median salary of more than $66,000. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System universities also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.

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