MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin says she's building a relationship with the state's largest business group, which her predecessor has slammed as an impediment to economic development.
Martin says she's had separate meetings with the board of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and its president, Jim Haney.
She says she's tried to focus on their common interests.
Just weeks before Martin took over for John Wiley on Sept. 1, Wiley wrote an essay saying WMC had been hijacked by "political extremists" who know little about creating high-wage jobs.
An e-mail released by a conservative group shows Martin told Wiley in August the timing of the article "could produce awkwardness" during the transition.
She says that hasn't been the case.