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.