UW-Madison Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration Laurent Heller leaving next month


MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Madison Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Laurent Heller will leave the university later this summer to take a similar role at Johns Hopkins University.

According to a news release, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning & Management Rob Cramer has been named interim vice chancellor, effective May 21.

“We’re very happy that Laurent is taking a next step in his career, but deeply sorry to see him go,” said Chancellor Rebecca Blank in a statement. “His contributions over the past five years can’t be overstated in helping stabilize our finances and move numerous important initiatives forward. We’re very lucky to have Rob, with his past experience and skills, ready to step right in.”

Heller joined the university in 2016, coming to UW after time in administration at the University of California-Berkeley.

Cramer joined UW-Madison last November after serving as vice president for administration for the UW System.

UW-Madison’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration is responsible for the overall supervision of the university’s financial and administrative functions, including budget, facilities planning, business services, human resources, public safety and University Housing.

Officials said details on a national search for a new FPM leader will be shared in the coming weeks.