A gay rights group says Biddy Martin would be the first openly gay person to lead a university as big as University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Candace Gingrich of the Human Rights Campaign says about eight gay people have become university presidents and chancellors in recent years but mostly at small schools.
She says the nomination of Martin to lead UW-Madison is a milestone and reflects the increasing number of openly gay professors and administrators in higher education.
Amit Taneja of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals says Martin will be a trailblazer just like the other gay college leaders.
He says she will show sexual orientation has little to do with her ability to do the job.
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