Chancellor Rebecca Blank Appoints Marsha Mailick to Lead UW–Madison Research and Graduate Education

Marsha Mailick, the former long-time director of the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Waisman Center, has been named by Chancellor Rebecca Blank as the university's first vice chancellor for research and graduate education.

Mailick, an expert on autism and other developmental disabilities, joined the UW–Madison faculty in 1988 and directed the Waisman Center for 13 years, beginning in 2001. Since September, she has served as interim vice chancellor for research and graduate education, a role created in May of last year when the faculty senate approved a broad reorganization of the university's programs of research and graduate education.

"Marsha Mailick is a tried and tested leader, and her knowledge of the complexities and nuances of our research and graduate education landscape promises to serve our institution very well," says Blank. "We have a lot of challenges in front of us. Nationally and internationally, the research and graduate education environment is changing in dramatic ways, and we need inspired and creative leadership to ensure that UW–Madison remains one of the world's great research universities. I am confident we are going to get that and more from Marsha."