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Business attorney to be University of Wisconsin’s president

Jay O. Rothman is selected to be the next UW System President.
Jay O. Rothman is selected to be the next UW System President.(The University of Wisconsin System)
Published: Jan. 21, 2022 at 3:29 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - University of Wisconsin System leaders have chosen a prominent business attorney as the next system president.

The Board of Regents emerged from a closed-door meeting Friday afternoon and announced they have offered the position to Jay Rothman.

The pick comes after the system went almost two years without a permanent leader. Former Gov. Tommy Thompson has been serving as interim president since Ray Cross retired in June 2020.

Rothman has served as chairman and CEO of Foley & Lardner since 2011. He joined the firm in 1986 and has been a partner since 1994. He has no experience administering higher education.

He beat out UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt to win the job.

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