Chancellor Rebecca Blank began serving as the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s chief executive in 2013 following a position as the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The university’s provost, is chief deputy to the chancellor and the university’s chief academic officer. Vice chancellors serve in various capacities, including chief budget and business officer, chief legal counsel, chief university relations officer, and chief research and graduate education officer. The university is organized into schools and colleges, each headed by a dean. The university has several governance groups and works closely with a number of affiliate organizations.