Rebecca Blank, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin - Madison to Receive the 2015 APPAM Exemplar Award
September 18, 2015 09:50 AM
APPAM is pleased to announce that Rebecca Blank, the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and former APPAM President (2006-2007), is the recipient of this year’s APPAM Exemplar Award. Blank will present a lecture at APPAM's Fall Research Conference in Miami on Friday, November 13 during the Membership & Awards Luncheon.
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. The 2014 award went to Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution.
Rebecca M. Blank became the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in July 2013. She is tenured 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 (for more than a year) as Acting Secretary.
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.