New chancellor under scrutiny for pro-CRT views

After naming Jennifer Mnookin the new Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the system's Board of Regents is facing backlash from prominent Wisconsin lawmakers.

Mnookin has long donated to liberal candidates and organizations, supports the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT), and has applauded Kimberlé Crenshaw, the pioneer of CRT.

After naming Jennifer Mnookin the new Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW-Madison), the system’s Board of Regents is facing backlash from prominent Wisconsin lawmakers.

Rebecca Kleefisch, former Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin and current GOP gubernatorial frontrunner, tweeted on May 16 that the “decision to hire a woke radical like Dr. Mnookin is infuriating. Our universities need to focus on building a strong economy and workforce — not force-feeding liberal ideology to Wisconsin students.”

State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos also released a statement claiming Dr. Mnookin’s appointment is a “blatant partisan selection.” He argues that her “obvious viewpoints and political donations” will require her to prove herself as someone who “supports free speech on campus and not politically correct ideologies.”

Mnookin has long donated to liberal candidates and organizations, supports the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT), and has applauded Kimberlé Crenshaw, the pioneer of CRT.

UW-Madison student and chair of College Republicans Joe Krantz told Campus Reform that UW made a “partisan choice” that reflects the “radical leftist” ideologies of the administration.

Krantz also raised the concern that Mnookin will be out of touch with the people of Wisconsin becauseMnookin has spent her professional life at Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Virginia School of Law, and the University of California, Las Angeles. 

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In a statement to Campus Reform, UW-Madison said, “Chancellor Mnookin is looking forward to meeting with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to introduce herself, have an open exchange of ideas and look for ways to find common ground and move the university and state forward.” 

Criticism of Mnookin’s appointment comes in the wake of public condemnation of the UW Board of Regents’ decision to postpone a survey that would assess “Student Perceptions of Campus Free Speech, Viewpoint Diversity, and Self-Censorship,” which Campus Reform reported on earlier this year.

Campus Reform reached out to Jennifer Mnookin for comment. This article will be updated accordingly.