Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin smiles in front of a bookcase

Meet Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin

Jennifer Mnookin interacts with guests at welcome reception

Meet Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin

Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin speaks to an audience of incoming students and their parents at a SOAR event

Meet Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin

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Scenes from the first day of class, 2023-24

UW–Madison students made their way to the classroom on the first day of the 2023-24 school year on a campus still doused in summertime humidity, but with the promise of cooler temperatures ahead.

Mnookin’s Road to Wisconsin

Jennifer Mnookin

Mnookin brings deep experience, wide perspective

Every incoming UW–Madison leader professes to understand the Wisconsin Idea. For Jennifer Mnookin, it’s deeply personal. Mnookin says she won’t shy away from challenges, and promises a leadership style that emphasizes listening. “Vision comes through collaboration and engagement — working together to find common purpose,” she says. “We will look for ways to improve the institution that you love, and that I am coming to love.”

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Community Comments

Susan Hagness

UW–Madison is going to be in great hands under Jennifer Mnookin’s leadership as she takes the baton and builds on the strong legacy of Chancellor Blank. Collaborative leadership is at her core and she has extensive prior experience with shared governance. She brings vision, high energy, a deep appreciation of the Wisconsin Idea, a passion for students who are at the heart of all that we do, a genuine commitment to fostering an inclusive campus, and an impressive understanding of the opportunities before us.

Susan Hagness, vice chair of the Search and Screen Committee and Professor and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jay Rothman

Jennifer Mnookin’s innovative approaches to education, research, service and diversity provide a strong foundation for leading Wisconsin’s flagship university. She has a personal, intimate understanding of the Wisconsin Idea and will be a tremendous asset to our state.

Jay Rothman, UW System President

Institutional Statement on Diversity

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background—people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.