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Dec. 21st deadline to apply for UW-Madison chancellor

University of Wisconsin Madison
University of Wisconsin Madison

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The deadline is December 21st to apply for one of the most challenging jobs in Wisconsin – running the state’s largest public university campus.

David Ward is in his second and final year as the interim chancellor at UW-Madison – a job he also held for 8 years in the 1990’s. And a wide mix of leaders is expected to be on the application list.

Later this week, the UW Board of Regents will consider a possible pay raise for the next president. Ward now makes $437,000 a year – and the Regents will consider an increase in the pay range to between $426,000 and $522,000.

Molly Corbett Broad of the American Council on Education says people are generally nominated for such posts – and those who apply themselves might not have much of a chance.

The Council also says there’s an 8 in 10 chance that the next Madison chancellor will come from the academic spectrum, based on who’s running other U.S colleges.

A 25-member search committee will narrow the field to about five finalists by late February. The new chancellor is expected to be named in April, with a starting date of next July.

The previous chancellor, Biddy Martin, blamed a lack of autonomy and intense political battles for her decision to leave after just 3 years. She became the president of the prestigious and private Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Ward has seemed to have quieted down the political rhetoric about the UW – but then again, politicians have been awash in other emotional issues, like the fallout from the limits on public union bargaining.