UW-Madison names Dr. Jennifer L. Mnookin as new chancellor

MADISON, Wis. — UW-Madison officially has a new chancellor. Dr. Jennifer L. Mnookin was named to the role Monday, the school announced.

Mnookin was previously the Dean of the law school at UCLA. She becomes UW’s 30th chancellor. Officials said the UW System Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve her.

“The choice of leader for our flagship is one of the most important tasks regents can face,” regent Karen Walsh said. “Dean Mnookin is a collaborative, visionary leader for whom student success and the Wisconsin Idea will be paramount.”

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Mnookin replaces outgoing chancellor Rebecca Blank, who is leaving UW for Northwestern. Blank will leave office on May 31. Mnookin will begin her tenure on August 4. She visited Madison earlier this month as part of the selection process.

“From the students I met with to faculty to staff, there were an enormous number of people who clearly really care about this institution and making it as strong as possible,” she said. “That makes me just incredibly excited and inspired to become a Badger.”

Officials said UW provost John Karl Scholz, who was a finalist for the chancellorship, will serve as interim from the time Blank steps down to when Mnookin takes over.