Third UW-Madison chancellor finalist speaks with campus community

MADISON, Wis. — For the third night in a row, one of the five finalists vying to become the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison took part in a question-and-answer session with the campus community on Wednesday.

Ann Cudd, a provost, senior vice-chancellor and professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, took to the stage Wednesday evening.

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“The purpose of higher education in America is to educate and inspire people so they can create, innovate and participate in our democracy and in democratic governance and also to create knowledge to benefit the world,” she said.

The remaining finalists — Marie Lynn Miranda, a professor of applied computational mathematics and statistics and a former provost at Notre Dame and John Karl Scholz, a provost and professor of economic policy at UW-Madison — are set to speak to the campus community on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Finalist Daniel Reed, a presidential professor of computational science and a former provost at the University of Utah, spoke on Monday, and Jennifer Mnookin, a professor and dean at the UCLA School of Law, spoke on Tuesday.

Rebecca Blank, the current chancellor, announced in October she will leave UW-Madison at the end of the academic year to become the new president of Northwestern University.

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