Regents hear Thursday from UW-Madison’s Blank
UW-Madison, hosting Thursday’s opening day of the UW System Board of Regents, took advantage of the standard opportunity for the host campus chancellor to address the board. Rebecca Blank said top students and faculty will go elsewhere if proposed state budget cuts go through, and leading faulty candidates are already withdrawing from consideration for open positions. Blank said that a 4.2% budget cut in 2013-15, coupled with a tuition freeze, forced her to spend down the school’s reserves to only $54 million in discretionary money in a budget of almost $3 billion, the chancellor said. She acknowledged the state’s budget dilemma, but said the proposed cuts were too large. See Journal-Sentinel coverage.