Wisconsin hires UCLA dean as chancellor; Cudd was finalist for job

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has selected UCLA law school dean Jennifer Mnookin as its next chancellor. Pitt Provost Ann Cudd was one of the five finalists for the job.

Cudd addressed members of the Wisconsin community at a public, in-person event earlier this month on the Madison campus.

Mnookin is already facing pushback from some Republican Wisconsin lawmakers, according to The Cap Times.

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said shortly after the unanimous decision by the school’s Board of Regents was announced on May 16 that he is “disappointed in the Board of Regents’ blatant partisan selection of Dr. Mnookin as the next leader for UW-Madison.”

“In doing a simple search, you quickly find she wholeheartedly supports critical race theory being taught on campus, is in favor of widespread vaccine mandates, and also met with Hunter Biden in 2019 to entertain a proposal that he join the UCLA faculty to teach drug policy,” Vos said in a statement. He urged the Board of Regents to reconsider its decision.