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UPDATE: UW president says farewell to regents


UPDATED Friday, December 5, 2013 --- 2:09 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Outgoing University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly is telling system leaders goodbye.

Reilly announced in July he planned to resign at the end of the year. The announcement came after Reilly took intense criticism from Republican legislators for allowing system campuses to build huge reserves while raising tuition year after year.

Reilly delivered his final remarks to the Board of Regents on Friday. He didn't mention the reserves, instead reminding the regents of the system's overall mission to educate people regardless of their background. He said the system is part of the grand march of civilization.

Reilly has served as president of the 26-campus, 182,000-student, UW System since 2004. The regents hope to name Reilly's successor early next year.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, July 30, 2013 --- 1:57 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly says he is leaving the job he's held for nearly nine years.

A statement from the UW System Tuesday said Reilly will leave to advise the American Council on Education in January 2014 and return to teaching. He'll continue as the UW System's chief executive through the end of the calendar year.

Regent President Michael Falbo credits Reilly with being a "strong, effective leader for the UW System." The system now serves more than 182,000 students systemwide.

The 63-year-old Reilly has been president since September 2004.

He was at the center of a storm earlier this year over UW building $650 million in reserves at the same time it was raising tuition 5.5 percent a year.

The backlash resulted in the Legislature passing a tuition freeze and calls from some for Reilly to leave.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, July 30, 2013 --- 1:54 p.m.

The UW System has released a statement, saying President Kevin Reilly will leave to advise the American Council on Education (ACE) in January 2014 and return to teaching.

To read the full statement, click HERE.

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Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2013 --- 1:11 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- University of Wisconsin President Kevin Reilly is expected to announce Tuesday that he is resigning the job he's held for nearly nine years.

Gov. Scott Walker told reporters at a public appearance in Milwaukee that he has known about Reilly's plans for a couple of days. Walker's spokesman Tom Evenson says Walker spoke directly with Reilly about his departure.

Reilly's expected announcement was first reported by the Wisconsin State Journal, citing unnamed sources.

The 63-year-old Reilly has been president since September 2004.

He was at the center of a storm earlier this year over UW building $650 million in reserves at the same time it was raising tuition 5.5 percent a year.

The backlash resulted in the Legislature passing a tuition freeze and calls from some for Reilly to leave.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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