Business attorney to be University of Wisconsin's president

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System leaders have chosen prominent business attorney Jay Rothman as the next system president.

The pick Friday comes after the system went almost two years without a permanent leader.

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson has been serving as interim president since Ray Cross retired in June 2020.

Rothman has served as chairman and CEO of Foley & Lardner since 2011.

He joined the firm in 1986 and has been a partner since 1994.

He has no experience administering higher education.

He beat out UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt to win the job.

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