On April 5, 2013, the Board of Regents confirmed Rebecca M. Blank as Chancellor of the UW-Madison campus.
Blank was born in 1955 in Missouri. She earned a BS in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1976 and a PhD in economics from MIT in 1983. Blank has taught at at MIT, Princeton University, Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. At Michigan, she also served as dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy from 1999-2007.
She was a fellow at the Brookings Institution from 2008 to 2009, when she joined the U. S. Commerce Department. Blank became Acting Deputy Secretary in November 2010 and was confirmed as Deputy Secretary in March 2012. Since June 2012 she has been Acting Secretary of Commerce.
Blank took office as Chancellor on July 22, 2013. For more information on Blank, see the Office of the Chancellor. (Photo courtesy of University Communications)