University of Wisconsin Madison is seeking a new Chancellor

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University of Wisconsin - Madison


Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 75077


Please Note: A change was made to this position announcement on 10/23/12


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Candidates must be tenurable at the rank of professor at UW-Madison (see

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See Desired Qualifications section in the Principle Duties listing below.

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The university traces its roots to the state constitution,The University of Wisconsin System invites applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In achievement and prestige, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has long been recognized as one of America¿s great universities. On a lakefront campus that is considered one of the nation's most picturesque, this public, land-grant institution includes a complete spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs and student activities.

About the University of Wisconsin-Madison

which decreed that the young state should have a prominent public university. In 1848, legislators passed a bill that formally created the university, and its first class of 17 students met on February 5, 1849. From those humble beginnings, the university has grown into a large, diverse community, with approximately 42,800 students. These students represent every county in Wisconsin and all 50 states, as well as countries from around the globe.

UW-Madison is the oldest and largest campus in the University of Wisconsin System, a statewide network of two doctoral and 11 comprehensive universities, 13 freshman-sophomore transfer colleges and a statewide extension service.

UW-Madison's mission includes providing "a learning environment in which faculty, staff and students can discover, examine critically, preserve and transmit the knowledge, wisdom and values that will help ensure the survival of this and future generations and improve the quality of life for all." The university seeks to achieve these ends through innovative programs of research, teaching and public service.

Research at UW-Madison has fed a steady stream of inventions and life-improving ideas, from fuel-efficient engines to cutting-edge genetic therapies. The National Science Foundation ranked UW-Madison third in the country in research and development spending in fiscal 2010. Research is a campuswide enterprise, engaging faculty, staff, and students. Undergraduates have the opportunity to work with world-renowned researchers, and an annual symposium allows students to present work to other students, faculty, and potential employers.

UW-Madison has long been a leader in developing residential learning communities in which students can live and learn with other students who share interests ranging from women in science and engineering to foreign languages. The university ranks 10th in the nation for the number of students who study in 300 programs offered around the world.

Students are also encouraged to undertake service learning activities, combining learning with hands-on community service; over 70 courses on campus include service-learning components.

The entire campus community is motivated by a tradition known as the ¿Wisconsin Idea,¿ described by UW President Charles Van Hise in 1904 as the compelling need to carry ¿the beneficent influence of the university ¿ to every home in the state.¿ The Wisconsin Idea permeates the university¿s work and helps forge close working relationships between the campus and the state¿s industries and government.

UW-Madison has the UW-System's largest concentration of graduate, professional, and research programs, as well as the broadest array of undergraduate majors offered. Academic programs offered include 132 undergraduate majors, 148 master¿s, 107 doctoral programs, and 5 professional schools (medicine, law, nursing, pharmacy and veterinary medicine). The enrollment of 42,801 students includes 29,119 undergraduates, 9,287 graduate students, 2,672 professional students, and 1,740 special students; 6,391 undergraduate and 3,603 graduate and professional degrees were awarded in 2011-12. UW-Madison ranks ninth nationally in Ph.D.s awarded.

The university employs 21,355 people, including 2,137 faculty. It has an annual operating budget of $2.8 billion, with more than $1 billion worth of research annually. UW-Madison is the leading U.S. university for research outside of science and engineering, with $89 million spent on research in the areas of education, business, and the humanities.


The university is located in Madison, Wisconsin, a thriving Midwestern city built upon its twin foundations as a state capital and home to the university. With a population of more than 236,000, Madison is consistently ranked one of America¿s finest places to live, including making the top-ten lists for most livable cities, best college towns and best green communities. In 2012, the American Institute for Economic Research ranked Madison second among ¿small cities¿ for college students, based on academic environment, quality of life and professional opportunities.

Statutory Responsibilities

As executive head of the institution, the chancellor is vested with the responsibility of administering board of regents policies under the coordinating direction of the president of the University of Wisconsin System, and is accountable and reports to the president and the board on the operation and administration of the institution. Subject to board policy, the chancellor, in consultation with the faculty, is responsible for designing curricula and setting degree requirements; determining academic standards and establishing grading systems; defining and administering institutional standards for faculty peer evaluation and screening candidates for appointment, promotion, and tenure; recommending individual merit increases; administering associated auxiliary services; and administering all funds, from whatever source, allocated, generated, or intended for use by the institution

Desired Qualifications

UW-Madison seeks a chancellor with the capacity to lead an energetic Research I land-grant institution within a large and dynamic public higher education system. Candidates will be evaluated on the following professional and personal characteristics:

*Commitment to scholarly values and an understanding of the diverse missions of a major public research university, including undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, public service, outreach, and the promotion of globalization.

*Academic or equivalent professional accomplishments, including:
Academic scholarship and teaching credentials and accomplishments, or equivalent professional credentials and accomplishments, which will command the respect of the academic community. The chancellor must be tenurable at a university faculty rank of full professor at UW-Madison;
A successful record of leadership, including experience in higher education, or equivalent professional administration.

*Commitment to promote continued success in securing funding for the university through:
Federal, state, and other grants and contracts;
State budget initiatives;
Development and fund-raising among alumni and other constituencies;
Ongoing reinvestment of revenues derived from research patents and licenses;
Private sources of revenue.

*Outstanding leadership qualities, including:
Personal integrity, intellectual curiosity, compassion, resilience, and energy;
A personal commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion; A collaborative leadership style that emphasizes openness and fairness;
A commitment to Wisconsin's strong tradition of shared governance, which includes active participation in policy-making by faculty, academic staff, and students;
Desire and ability to advance the university¿s mission in undergraduate and graduate programs; to provide leadership and support to the faculty in teaching, scholarship, public service; to link the curriculum to the needs of the people of Wisconsin; and to extend a strong research commitment and focus;
Ability to provide leadership to faculty, staff, administrators, students, and other constituents in implementing the current and future strategic plans;
Demonstrated leadership in national higher educational organizations.

*Talent and energy to build broad support for the institution at local, state, national, and international levels, including:
The ability to represent the institution and work effectively with its many constituencies, including the board of regents, president and administration of the University of Wisconsin System, community and business leaders, other educational institutions at the secondary and post-secondary levels, alumni, the public at large, the federally-recognized Indian nations of Wisconsin, media, as well as federal and state legislative offices and other governmental bodies;
The ability to work collegially with the other UW System chancellors.
A commitment to continually improve the university experience for students, faculty, and staff, including:
Improving the inclusiveness of the campus community to promote the appreciation of diversity;
Enhancing the quality of student life, development of the Wisconsin Experience and strengthening the delivery of services to students;
Enhancing educational opportunities through appropriate use of new technologies
Enhancing the diversity of students, faculty, and staff;
Demonstrated commitment to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discriminatory practices.

*A commitment to the university¿s responsibility for public service through dissemination of the results of scholarly and scientific inquiry, and creative expression including:
Support of the public service mission that benefits the state, nation, and the world;
Ability and interest in promoting the state of Wisconsin¿s economic development, through educational programs and knowledge and technology transfer;
Support of the Wisconsin Idea through engaged scholarship;
Understanding of, and interest in, implementing appropriate use of new technologies to improve continuing education and outreach.

  Additional Information
  Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is available July 2013.


A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.


Appointment Type:  
Full Time Salary Rate: Negotiable
ANNUAL (12 months)
Term: N/A
Appointment percent: 100%
Anticipated begin date: JULY 01, 2013
Number of Positions: 1


Application must be received by: DECEMBER 21, 2012


Candidate materials should include a letter of interest which addresses how her/his strengths and experience match the qualifications for the position, and what s/he sees as challenges and opportunities, and a current and complete curriculum vitae. Upon request, candidates will be asked to provide the names, addresses, e-mails, and telephone numbers of at least five references. These may include trustees, administrators, faculty, students, and community leaders. All materials should be submitted electronically to either of the addresses listed below.

Applications and nominations must be received by 21 December 2012 to ensure consideration. Later applications and nominations may also be considered. The committee particularly encourages applications and nominations from women and persons of underrepresented groups.

Please note that in accordance with Wisconsin statutes the names of nominees and applicants who explicitly request confidentiality will not be made public. However, the university is required to release the names and titles of the finalists who will be interviewed by the system president and board of regents.

Further information about the search and UW-Madison is available at:

Please submit requests for information and nominations/applications to:

Inquiries and nominations/applications also may be directed to the consultants assisting with the chancellor search:

Shelly Storbeck, Managing Partner,
Charles Bunting, Consulting Partner, and
Lesley Boyd, Principal
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP

The University of Wisconsin System is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining a community that welcomes and values a climate supporting equal opportunity and difference among its members.
Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #75077 to:
David McDonald
Phone: 608-262-1677
133 Bascom Hall
Fax: 608-265-7806
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. 

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.



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