MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank has been recommended to be the next chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her selection was announced Monday by UW System President Kevin Reilly and a special search committee. The Board of Regents must approve the pick on April 5 and she would start in July. Blank beat out three other finalists for the job leading Wisconsin’s largest public university campus. Her selection won praise from Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who called her a “great pick” with a “keen knowledge of economic issues that can help the UW promote great prosperity in the state.” Blank has been with the Commerce Department since 2009 and previously served nine years as a dean and professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan.
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