UW-Madison has selected Rob Cramer, a highly experienced administrator and current interim Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration, to continue as permanent selection for the role.
“Rob has all the tools, experience and knowledge to lead these critical units and support the success of our university,” said Chancellor Rebecca Blank. “I appreciate his continued presence during this important time of transition.”
“The university is at a critical juncture, and we must be very focused on making sure it thrives to support Wisconsin today and tomorrow,” says Cramer.
“It has been an honor to serve as interim vice chancellor,” he adds. “It is my privilege to serve the people of Wisconsin, the UW System and UW-Madison, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue.
Cramer, a UW-Madison graduate, started as interim vice chancellor after Laurent Heller left Johns Hopkins University in May 2021.
Prior to that, he was interim vice chancellor for facilities, planning and management at UW-Madison and vice president for system administration at the University of Wisconsin. At UW System, he oversaw the Human Resources, Information Technology, Information Security, Capital Planning, Project Management and Administrative Services offices.
Earlier in his career, Cramer was Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services at UW-Platteville, Secretary of the Wisconsin State Building Commission, and Administrator of the Division of Government Facilities at the Wisconsin Department of Administration.
At UW-Madison, Cramer is also currently leading initiatives around updating key campus technology tools through the Administrative Transformation (ATP) program, employee compensation through the Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project, a commitment to diverse and inclusive workforce, efforts to modernize and advance campus construction projects, and continue to steer revenue generation and budgeting priorities.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration of UW-Madison is responsible for overall oversight of the university’s financial and administrative functions, including budget, facility planning, corporate services, human resources, public safety, and university housing.
The 17-member selection committee was chaired by Kris Olds, a professor at the Department of Geography.