Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Carolyn "Biddy" Martin

The news is on and I ask Lola: Does it look like the UW hired a Donna Shalala clone? She answers, I was thinking the exact same thing. I wonder if Biddy is picked because she neatly fits into Shalala’s old commencement robe. I refuse to speculate if she can fill Donna’s shoes. Those sort of legacy questions are best left until the actual hiring is confirmed.

The brand new incoming University of Wisconsin -Madison Chancellor is quick to outline her vision for Wisconsin’s world class university.

WKOW: "Domestic partner benefits have become increasingly important and it's the case that faculty do leave universities without them for universities that offer those benefits," says Martin.

Well, at least she is coming for reasons other than filthy lucre.

Capital Times: Martin, who reportedly made more than a half-million dollars in fiscal year 2006, will be taking a pay cut to come to Madison -- although she will make significantly more than Wiley's pay of $327,000 per year. In February, the UW Board of Regents voted to set a pay range of $370,000 to $452,000 for the position in an attempt to attract top candidates for the job.