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Former governor, UW System president questions hire for UW-Madison chancellor

Tommy Thompson, the former four-term Wisconsin governor, served as the interim UW System...
Tommy Thompson, the former four-term Wisconsin governor, served as the interim UW System president for 21 months(WBAY)
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 10:29 AM CDT
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MILWAUKEE - Former four-term Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is questioning the hiring of a law school dean from California to run the flagship University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, saying he hoped she does not bring a “California philosophy” with her.

Thompson, a Republican, finished a 21-month stint as U.W. System president this spring.

He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a story published Wednesday that he was surprised that the UW Board of Regents hired Jennifer Mnookin to serve as UW-Madison chancellor. She’s the dean of the University of California, Los Angeles, law school.

Mnookin on Tuesday said during a news conference that she was willing to meet with Republican critics, who have characterized her as a liberal radical.

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