Noel Radomski, managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), was quoted in a Wisconsin State Journal article that highlights increasing interest, including among state lawmakers and a UW System official, in recruiting campus leaders from outside of academia.
Radomski said he was not aware of any chancellors in UW’s history who came from outside academia. However, he added there was little harm in opening up the search for future university leaders to those who aren’t professors.
He also noted the jobs of chancellors have changed over the years -- "they are more involved in raising money from donors and building relationships with state lawmakers, and have far less to do with academic affairs, which are often handled by provosts, deans and other support staff."
“Do you really need to have (a chancellor) with a tenure-track background?” Radomski asked. “Today’s president and chancellor is so different from yesterday’s.”
WISCAPE is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) within UW-Madison's School of Education.