List of presidents and chancellors of the University of Wisconsin–Madison

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This is a list of presidents and chancellors of the University of Wisconsin–Madison:

UW Presidents From To Title
John Hiram Lathrop 1849 1858 Chancellor
Henry Barnard 1859 1861 Chancellor
John Whelan Sterling 1861 1867 Executive officer
Paul Chadbourne 1867 1870 President
John Hanson Twombly 1871 1874 President
John Bascom 1874 1887 President
Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin 1887 1892 President
Charles Kendall Adams 1892 1901 President
Edward Asahel Birge 1901 1903 Acting president
Charles R. Van Hise 1903 1918 President
Edward Asahel Birge 1918 1925 President
Glenn Frank 1925 1937 President
George Sellery 1937 1937 Acting president
Clarence Addison Dykstra 1937 1945 President
Edwin Broun Fred 1945 1958 President
Conrad Elvehjem 1958 1962 President
Fred Harvey Harrington* 1962 1970 President
Robert Clodius 1970 1970 Acting president
John Carrier Weaver** 1971 1971 President
  • * In 1963, Harrington reorganized the University of Wisconsin by creating one central administration, and separate administrations for each of the individual campuses (Madison, Milwaukee, and University Centers). Harrington remained the president of the central administration, while Robert Clodius became the acting provost of the Madison campus. Later, in 1970, Clodius became the acting president of the central administration until John Weaver took over in 1971.
UW–Madison Chancellors From To Title
Robert Clodius* 1963 1964 Acting Provost
Robben Wright Fleming*** 1964 1967 Chancellor
William H. Sewell 1967 1968 Chancellor
Bryant Kearl 1968 1968 Acting chancellor
Hugh Edwin Young 1968 1977 Chancellor
Glenn Simpson Pound 1977 1977 Acting chancellor
Irving Shain 1977 1986 Chancellor
Bernard Cecil Cohen 1987 1987 Acting chancellor
Donna Shalala 1988 1993 Chancellor
David Ward 1993 2000 Chancellor
John D. Wiley 2001 2008 Chancellor
Carolyn "Biddy" Martin 2008 2011 Chancellor
David Ward 2011 2013 Interim chancellor
Rebecca Blank 2013 current Chancellor
  • ***First appointed as Provost, then changed to Chancellor in 1965.

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