MADISON – Today, former UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced that she will step down as President-elect of Northwestern University to begin medical treatment for cancer. In response, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce President Zach Brandon released the following statement:

“Becky Blank has wrapped her arms around this community and our state’s flagship university for nearly a decade, and today we wrap our arms around her.

It is an understatement to say this cancer has picked a fight with the wrong person. Her grit and determination, combined with the world-class care she will receive at UW Health, give us the utmost hope.

Becky is a Madisonian. She belongs here, and we welcome her home with love and support.”

About the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce:
The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business with more than 1,200 organizations – ranging from one-person shops to corporations with more than 10,000 employees – working to bring the Greater Madison area to its full potential. The Greater Madison region is a leader in innovation. From cutting-edge technologies to distinctive retail shops to inventive services and products, our members vary greatly but are united by the region’s entrepreneurial spirit. More information can be found at

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