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Two finalists named for UW System President

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(WAOW)-- Two finalists have been named for President of the UW System. 

Jay Rothamn is currently the chairman and CEO of the law firm Foley and Lardner LLP in Milwaukee and has served in that roll since 2011. 

He earned a bachelor's degree from Marquette University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. 

James Schmidt is currently the chancellor at UW-Eau Claire, and has served in that roll since 2013. 

He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Winona State University, a master's degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, and a doctorates in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota. 

“We have identified two excellent candidates, each of whom would be an outstanding leader for our university system."  "We believe their qualifications and experience provide the committee a great opportunity to pick a future leader for the UW System," said Edmund Manydeeds III the Regent President and chair of the Special Regent Committee. 

Former governor Tommy Thompson has been serving as interim President of the UW-System since July of 2020. He announced earlier this month that he would resign in March. 

Both Rothamn and Schmidt will be interviewed next week. 

A decision of who will be the next President of the UW System is expected by the end of January. More information about both candidates can be found here

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