Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, September 18, 2015

Chancellor Blank chosen for top policy award

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UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank has been chosen to receive one of the highest awards from a nationally recognized association of public policy schools and their faculty.

Blank will receive the Exemplar Award from the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) at the group’s fall research conference in Miami on Friday, November 13.

The Exemplar Award recognizes the work of an individual who has made major contributions to public policy by valuing the knowledge resident in academia and using research and analysis to craft innovative solutions to policy problems. This award recognizes extraordinary skills in policymaking and serves as a counterpart to those awards recognizing outstanding research.

Blank, who is a former APPAM president, became chancellor in 2013, is also a tenured faculty member at the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Department of Economics.

An expert in social policy and poverty issues, Blank spent four years in top positions of the U.S. Department of Commerce prior to becoming Chancellor, including service as Commerce's Deputy Secretary and as Acting Secretary for more than a year.

From 1999 to 2008, Blank served as dean and professor of public policy and economics in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She was also a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, DC think tank, before joining the Department of Commerce.

She was a member of the faculty of Northwestern University and Princeton University. From 1997 to 1999, she was a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Blank holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and a doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—both in economics.