A former University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor tried and failed to spin off the campus from the rest of the UW System. The incoming chancellor says she has no plans to try again.
Rebecca Blank will be the school's new chancellor, subject to approval from the Board of Regents. She told reporters on a conference call Friday the UW System benefits from having all its schools under one umbrella.
She says in states without a unified system, schools fight between themselves for limited resources. She says that's not an issue here.
Blank does acknowledge that UW-Madison has a global reputation, while smaller UW schools are more regionally focused. She says that could entitle UW-Madison to some leeway and different rules -- but that's different from removing it from the system altogether.