New UW-Madison chancellor emphasizes unity, fundraising

Rebecca Blank said she is not interested in splitting UW system

MADISON, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Madison's newly selected chancellor said she is not interested in splitting the UW System.

Rebecca Blank, whose confirmation is subject to approval from the Board of Regents, told reporters during a conference call that a unified system will discourage competition for funding among schools.

Blank added that UW-Madison's status as a globally recognized university  could entitle it to some priority over other UW System campuses.

Blank also told reporters UW-Madison needs to launch a major fundraising campaign. She said she will work closely with school and alumni foundations to figure out the best way to reach potential donors.

Blank said improved fundraising could help keep tuition low and allow the school to offer professors more competitive salaries. She said she will also  re-examine out-of-state tuition, which brings in more money but will have to remain low enough that out-of-state students don't go elsewhere.

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