University of Wisconsin – Madison — Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs


The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for its next Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs (VCLA). The Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs is the chief legal officer of the University, and as a member of Chancellor Rebecca Blank's executive leadership team the VCLA serves as senior counselor to the Chancellor and other university leaders across a wide range of university issues. The new VCLA should be able to manage and inspire legal and compliance teams at UW-Madison, as well as engage collaboratively with the broader public University of Wisconsin System and other important University partners. The VCLA should eagerly embrace new issues, diversity of views, and opportunities that will arise within this premier public university. The position is available beginning August 1, 2021.

Founded in 1848 when Wisconsin achieved statehood, UW-Madison is the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin System and a nationally ranked research institution. UW-Madison is a research intensive campus serving approximately 45,000 students and employing more than 22,000 faculty and staff members. The annual operating budget for the university in 2020-21 was over $3 billion.


The search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. We encourage anyone interested in this opportunity to review the full position profile, which includes more information about the University and Madison and list of required and desired characteristics for the new VCLA, at under the “Open Searches” tab.

Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to: NOTES: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

The position is open until filled but only applications received by March 26, 2021 can be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting one of the senior consultants for this search, either William F. Howard, Esq. at or Deborah S. Howard, Esq. at

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.