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Jennifer L. Mnookin assumed her role as chancellor on Aug. 4, 2022, and the UW–Madison campus community, members of the international academic community, and representatives from the nation and elected officials gathered to celebrate the official leadership transition on April 14, 2023, at the Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall in Hamel Music Center.

In a speech titled, “The Multiplier Effect,” she addressed the UW–Madison campus community, members of the international academic community, and representatives from the nation and elected officials. Mnookin spoke to the strength and promise of the Wisconsin Idea and the core institutional priorities of both free speech and belonging.

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Ceremony Agenda

Musical Prelude
Performance by the Park Street Quartet

Academic Processional
Performance by the Park Street Quartet

Inaugural Procession
Delegates from Higher Education, Elected Office, UW System Leadership, Board of Regents, Faculty, Staff, and Student Leadership

National Anthem
Jerzy Gillon, MM ’23

Jay O. Rothman, UW System President

Native Nations Welcome
Brian D. McInnes / Waabishki-makwa, Professor of Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Governor Address
Tony Evers, Governor of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Reflections
Donna Edna Shalala, Chancellor, 1988–1993
David Ward, Chancellor, 1993–2001; Interim, 2011–2013
John D. Wiley, Chancellor, 2001–2008
Carolyn A. “Biddy” Martin, Chancellor, 2008–2011

Musical Interlude
Isaiah Dobbins, piano
Alex Feucht, bass

Remarks on Behalf of Faculty
Lauren Papp, University Committee Chair

Remarks on Behalf of Students
Ndemazea Fonkem ’24, Associated Students of Madison Chair

Poetry Reading
“The Appleshaped Earth and We Upon It”
Aurora Shimshak, MFA ’23

Keynote Address
Michael H. Schill, President of Northwestern University

Investiture of the Chancellor
Karen Walsh, UW System Board of Regents President

Chancellor’s Address
Jennifer L. Mnookin, 30th Leader of the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Alma Mater “Varsity”
A Capella Performance by The Madhatters

Performance by the Park Street Quartet

Speaker profiles

Thumbnail of speaker Tony Evers.

Tony Evers

Governor of Wisconsin

Thumbnail of speaker Michael H. Schill.

Michael H. Schill

President, Northwestern University

Thumbnail of speaker Jay O. Rothman.

Jay O. Rothman

President, University of Wisconsin System

Thumbnail of speaker Karen Walsh.

Karen Walsh

Regent President, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

Thumbnail of speaker Donna Edna Shalala.

Donna Edna Shalala

UW–Madison Chancellor, 1988-1993

Thumbnail of speaker David Ward.

David Ward

UW–Madison Chancellor, 1993-2001; Interim Chancellor, 2011–2013

Thumbnail of speaker John D. Wiley.

John D. Wiley

UW–Madison Chancellor, 2001-2008

Thumbnail of speaker Carolyn A. “Biddy” Martin.

Carolyn A. “Biddy” Martin

UW–Madison Chancellor, 2008-2011

Thumbnail of speaker Brian D. McInnes / Waabishki-makwa.

Brian D. McInnes / Waabishki-makwa

Professor, Nonprofits and Philanthropy, UW–Madison

Thumbnail of speaker Lauren Papp.

Lauren Papp

University Committee Chair, Associate Dean of Research, and Jane Rafferty Thiele Professor in Human Ecology, UW–Madison

Thumbnail of speaker Ndemazea Fonkem.

Ndemazea Fonkem

Chair, Associated Students of Madison

Thumbnail of speaker Aurora Shimshak.

Aurora Shimshak

Writer and educator

Delegates from academic institutions

Delegates are listed in the order of the founding of their institution.

  • Harvard University, 1636
    Robert H. Mnookin
  • Yale University, 1701
    Bruce D. Brown
  • Princeton University, 1746
    Susan B. Ridgely
  • Rutgers University, 1766
    Richard C. Keller
  • Georgetown University, 1789
    Rosa Brooks
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1789
    Becci Menghini
  • University of Michigan, 1817
    Kevin Conroy
  • University of Virginia, 1819
    David F. Jarrard
  • Indiana University, 1820
    Millard Eisler
  • Wesleyan University, 1831
    Jennifer Tucker
  • Duke University, 1838
    Kimberly Irwin
  • Beloit College, 1846
    Daniel Schooff
  • Carroll University, 1846
    Catherine E. Jorgens
  • University at Buffalo (SUNY), 1846
    Vikas Singh
  • Carthage College, 1847
    David Timmerman
  • Lawrence University, 1847
    Barbara Lawton
  • University of Iowa, 1847
    Julie Zerwic
  • University of Rochester, 1850
    Sarah C. Mangelsdorf
  • University of Utah, 1850
    Elizabeth Kronk Warner
  • Northwestern University, 1851
    Michael H. Schill
  • University of Minnesota, 1851
    Joan Gabel
  • Bates College, 1855
    Garry Jenkins
  • Michigan State University, 1855
    Jennifer Schomaker
  • University of Maryland, 1856
    Jeffrey K. Hollingsworth
  • Cornell University, 1865
    Elizabeth J. Forman
  • Carleton College, 1866
    Steven Poskanzer
  • University of Wisconsin–Platteville, 1866
    Tammy K. Evetovich
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1868
    Sarah Ann Wells
  • University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, 1868
    Corey A. King
  • University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, 1871
    Andrew Leavitt
  • University of Wisconsin–River Falls, 1874
    David Travis
  • Johns Hopkins University, 1876
    Laurent Heller
  • University of Southern California, 1880
    Elizabeth M. Daley
  • Marquette University, 1881
    Shelia Conroy
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, 1885
    Ellen M. Bassett
  • Stanford University, 1885
    Deirdre Lyell
  • University of Arizona, 1885
    Marc L. Miller
  • Viterbo University, 1890
    Michelle Kronfeld
  • California Institute of Technology, 1891
    Dan McCammon
  • University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, 1894
    Thomas Gibson
  • St. Norbert College, 1898
    Paul Bursik
  • Carnegie Mellon University, 1900
    Bilge Mutlu
  • Mount Mary University, 1913
    Isabelle Cherney
  • University of California, Los Angeles, 1919
    Russell Korobkin
  • Edgewood College, 1927
    Andrew P. Manion
  • Quinnipiac University, 1929
    Judy D. Olian
  • Marian University, 1936
    Michelle Majewski
  • Brandeis University, 1948
    Lewis A. Friedland
  • University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, 1956
    Sue Weslow
  • Stony Brook University, 1957
    Maurie McInnis
  • Herzing University, 1965
    Jeff Hill
  • University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, 1965
    Susan Gallagher-Lepak
  • University of Wisconsin–Parkside, 1968
    Deborah Ford