The UW Board of Regents voted unanimously today to name Jay Rothman, chair and CEO of Foley & Lardner, the new System president.
He is the first non-interim leader in the System’s more than 50-year history to come from a non-academic background.
Rothman earned a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He joined Foley in 1986 and became CEO in 2011.
In a video introduction, Rothman recalled growing up on a small farm in Wausau and working on it until going to law school.
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