- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has granted UW-Madison’s chancellor permission to spend an $800,000 donation as she sees fit to help the school’s budget crunch.

Eleanor Casebier gave the school $800,000. She left no directions on spending it, triggering a regent policy that only income generated from the gift can be spent.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank asked the regents for permission to spend the principal as her office sees fit. She wrote to the regents last month saying the money will help the school face “financially challenging times.”

The school is dealing with a tuition freeze and its share of a $250 million cut Republicans imposed through the 2015-17 state budget.

The regents voted unanimously to give Blank discretion on spending the gift Friday at UW-Milwaukee.

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