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Goodbye Biddy?

It's of course too early to say our goodbyes just yet, as Biddy is just a finalist, and has not yet actually been chosen as the Chancellor for UW-Madison, but I have to imagine she may be considered the leading contender for the position in many circles.

After all, she is widely respected in academia, credited for wrestling Cornell's suffering bureaucracy to the ground and implementing a lot cross-disciplinary initiatives, and was shortlisted speculated as a candidate for the Harvard presidency as well. The fact that she has previously managed the day to day operations of (perhaps) the country's best land grant institution for the last eight years is also a huge plus in her favor. There are a lot of similarities between UW-Madison and Cornell.

The breaking news out of the Badger State today:

University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly on Wednesday announced four finalists who are being considered for the position of chancellor at UW-Madison.

The candidates are: Gary Sandefur, dean of UW-Madison's College of Letters and Sciences; Biddy (Carolyn) Martin, Provost of Cornell University in New York; R. Timothy Mulcahy, vice president for research at the University of Minnesota; and Rebecca Blank, former dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Of course, Biddy completed her PhD in German literature in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, so this would be a homecoming for her.

Late Thought: Did Biddy actually see this coming by naming a Deputy Provost last year? Probably not, but it would help to ease the transition.

Matthew Nagowski | Posted on May 07, 2008 (#)

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