Obama cabinet member to lead UW-Madison
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank is leaving the Obama administration to serve as chancellor at UW-Madison.
President Barack Obama announced Blank’s departure in a statement Monday. He said Blank has distinguished herself as a "steady leader and a vital member of my economic team."
Blank joined the Commerce Department in 2009 as an economic adviser and was later promoted to deputy secretary. She was named acting secretary last year after John Bryson suffered a seizure and resigned.
The president has not named a nominee to run the department permanently. Top Obama fundraiser Penny Pritzker is considered a leading candidate for the post.
The UW Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on Blank's appointment April 5, according to a UW-Madison statement. Blank would succeed Interim Chancellor David Ward.
Gov. Scott Walker issued this statement: "Dr. Blank is a great pick for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has excellent academic credentials and strong leadership experience. Equally as important, she has a keen knowledge of economic issues that can help the UW promote great prosperity in the state."