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University of Wisconsin set to hire first lesbian Chancellor

“None the size of UW-Madison…. It is a big milestone, and it’s part of the progress that we’re seeing at the college and university levels. When you’ve got more and more openly gay faculty members and openly gay administrators, there are bound to be those who want to aspire to presidencies and chancellorships.”

Candace Gingrich of the Human Rights Campaign remarking on the recommendation of Carolyn "Biddy" Martin to be the next leader of the University of Wisconsin. The school is reported to have some 40,000 students, which is said to make Martin the first openly gay leader of a large University. (

“I certainly think it’s an important thing to have, and I believe that the university’s recruitment and retention of staff and faculty depends on benefits of that sort…. Domestic partner benefits are, in my view, a matter of fairness but also a matter of competitiveness.”

Carolyn Martin, speaking to reporters about the fact that, as a lesbian, she would be heading a major university that doesn’t offer domestic partnerships. (The Capital Times)

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