Blank became chancellor of Wisconsin’s flagship university in July 2013, bringing with her a deep commitment to educational excellence and innovation.
Blank is an internationally respected economist who also has spent time in Washington, D.C., working in three different administrations.
Most recently, she served as deputy secretary and acting Secretary of Commerce under President Obama. She was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton.
Blank brings strong academic credentials to her work as chancellor. From 1999 to 2008 she was dean and professor of public policy and economics in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where she launched innovations including interdisciplinary graduate programs and an undergraduate public policy major.