Business attorney to be University of Wisconsin's president

UW system
Posted at 3:36 PM, Jan 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-21 16:36:07-05

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.