We are sad to read of the passing of Rebecca Blank, who was chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2013 to 2022. She died of cancer on Friday, February 17, 2023. She was 67.
The report of her death included acknowledgement of her skillful service as a gifted administrator and economist. It also noted that “Blank’s Protestant faith influenced other books she wrote, such as ‘Do Justic’ and ‘Is the Market Moral?’, which examined intersections between economics and religious belief systems.”
Her father, also an economist, was a founder of Habitat for Humanity in Columbia, Missouri. “The desire to lift people out of poverty runs in the family,” the article noted.
Almost six years ago, we linked to a story on a talk at Upper House by Chancellor Blank, “UW Chancellor links faith and economics.” The report noted, “It was a rare moment when the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison had a chance to address two of her passions – economics and Christianity.”
Unfortunately, the article that our post linked to is no longer available.