UW Board of Regents announces two president finalists

The UW Board of Regents has chosen attorney Jay Rothman and UW–Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt as the two finalists for the next president of the University of Wisconsin System, according to a release from the university. Earlier, a special regent committee had put forth Rothman, chair and CEO of the law firm of Foley & Lardner, and Schmidt as the finalists for the job leading the UW System, which has been run on an interim basis by former Gov. Tommy Thompson. The UW System is a 16,000-student and 39,000-employee organization based on 26 campuses and operating on a $6.6 billion budget. The finalists were identified from a pool of 44 applicants.