UPDATE: New UW president to address regents

UPDATE: Ray Cross is set to address the Board of Regents for the first time as the new University of Wisconsin System president.

Raymond W. Cross

UPDATED Wednesday, March 5, 2014 --- 5:26 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) --

The regents chose Cross to replace Kevin Reilly in January. Cross, who has served as chancellor of UW-Extension and UW Colleges since 2011, beat out Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Vice Chancellor Peter Garland for the position.

Cross is scheduled to speak at the regents' meeting Thursday morning on the UW-Madison campus.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, January 10, 2014 --- 9:56 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The incoming president of the University of Wisconsin System is pledging to improve transparency of the System's finances and collaborate more closely with state lawmakers.

Ray Cross was selected Thursday to lead the UW System. He met reporters Friday at UW-Milwaukee, where he said he's excited about starting his new position next month. He's been chancellor of UW-Extension and UW Colleges since 2011.

He succeeds Kevin Reilly, who stepped down last month. Reilly came under fire from lawmakers after word broke that the System was amassing large cash reserves even while raising tuition year after year.

Cross says he plans to work closely with legislators so they're aware of what's going on with the System. He also plans to make it easier to understand the System's often-complicated finances.

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UPDATED Thursday, January 9, 2014 --- 4:33 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Ray Cross will be the next University of Wisconsin System president.

The Board of Regents announced Cross' hiring Thursday. Cross has served as chancellor of UW-Extension, the system's outreach division, and UW Colleges, the system's two-year schools, since 2011. He was one of the key architects of the system's new flex option degree program, which allows students to parlay life experience into college credits.

Cross beat out Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Vice Chancellor Peter Garland for the position after Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King withdrew from consideration.

Cross will take over for Kevin Reilly, who stepped down last month after enduring intense criticism from GOP lawmakers for allowing campuses to build huge funding reserves while raising tuition year after year.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, January 9, 2014 --- 8:58 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The selection of the next leader of the University of Wisconsin System is imminent.

The UW Board of Regents is expected to name the new system president following a meeting Thursday afternoon. The successor to Kevin Reilly is down to two men -- Ray Cross, chancellor of UW-Extension and UW Colleges and Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Vice Chancellor Peter Garland.

A third candidate, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King, is no longer in the running. Council spokeswoman Sue Patrick tells the State Journal that King will stay in his present job.

The regents also are expected to set the new president's salary during the meeting. The range is about $400,000 to nearly $600,000. The president also gets a house and the option of using a university vehicle.

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UPDATED Thursday, January 9, 2014 --- 6:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The wait to find out who the next University of Wisconsin System president will be is nearly over.

The Board of Regents is expected to make a hiring decision during a closed-door meeting late Thursday afternoon. System officials expect to release the name following the meeting.

Ray Cross, chancellor of UW-Extension and UW Colleges, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Vice Chancellor Peter Garland and Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King have emerged as the finalists. A selection committee is set to forward one of their names to the regents ahead of their meeting.

The regents also are expected to set the new president's salary during the meeting. The range is $399,000 to $598,500. The president also gets a house and the option of using a university vehicle.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A finalist for the University of Wisconsin System's president post says his top priority will be simply learning the culture of each individual campus.

Peter Garland is vice chancellor and chief operating officer of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. He's one of three finalists looking to succeed Kevin Reilly as system president. Reilly resigned at the end of last month after enduring criticism from GOP lawmakers for allowing campuses to build huge funding reserves while raising tuition year after year.

Garland addressed system faculty via a video conference Monday. He says the first thing he wants to do is get to know each campus in the system and understand its culture and role. He says that will help him communicate with the Legislature and the governor.

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UPDATED Monday, January 6, 2014 --- 3:00 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A finalist for the University of Wisconsin System is promising to restore credibility in the system by holding listening sessions around the state and being excessively transparent.

Ray Cross is the current chancellor of UW-Extension and UW Colleges. He's one of three finalists vying to succeed Kevin Reilly, who resigned last month after Republican lawmakers lambasted him for allowing campuses to build huge funding reserves while raising tuition year after year.

Cross took questions from system faculty via video conference Monday. He said the public and the Legislature needs to have faith that the system can operate without problems. He promised to hold local listening sessions, meet with legislators and develop clearer financial reports.

He also says system officials need to do a better job listening to their critics.

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UPDATED Monday, January 6, 2014 --- 1:08 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A finalist for the University of Wisconsin System president says his top priority would be rebuilding trust with the Legislature.

Republican lawmakers have been at odds with the system for years. Kevin Reilly, the system's last president, resigned last month after taking intense criticism from GOP lawmakers for allowing campuses to build massive reserves while raising tuition.

Robert King, a former New York legislator and president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, is one of three finalists for the president's post.

He said during a video conference Monday his top agenda item will be rebuilding relationships with the Legislature. He says his stint as a legislator gives him credibility with lawmakers and he understands how they think.

The Board of Regents is expected to make a hiring decision Thursday.

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UPDATED Monday, January 6, 2014 --- 4:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The three finalists for the University of Wisconsin System president's position are set to speak with the public through a series of video conferences.

UW-Extension and UW Colleges Chancellor Ray Cross, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Executive Vice Chancellor Peter Garland and Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King are all vying for the post.

A selection committee is set to interview all three on Monday. Each finalist also is scheduled to participate in a statewide video conference that day. UW faculty, students and members of the public can interact with the finalists by visiting conference link-up sites on UW campuses around the state.

The Board of Regents is expected to make a hiring decision Thursday.

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UPDATED Thursday, January 2, 2014 --- 11:26 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- University of Wisconsin System officials have released the names of the finalists vying to become the next system president.

The candidates include Raymond Cross, chancellor of the UW Colleges and Extension; Peter Garland, executive vice chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; and Robert King, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

A Board of Regents selection committee plans to interview the finalists on Monday and recommend one to the full board. The board expects to announce a hiring decision on Jan. 9.

Kevin Reilly officially stepped down as president on Tuesday. He announced in July he would resign at the end of 2013 after taking intense criticism from Republican lawmakers for allowing system campuses to build massive reserves while raising tuition year after year.

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 31, 2013 --- 7:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- University of Wisconsin System officials expect to release the names of finalists vying for the system president post this week.

System spokesman David Giroux says officials plan to release the names on Thursday. The Board of Regents is expected to make a hiring decision in January.

Current UW System President Kevin Reilly announced in July he will resign at the end of the year. Reilly endured intense criticism from Republican legislators this spring for allowing system campuses to build massive reserves while raising tuition year after year.

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Posted Friday, December 5, 2013 --- 9:27 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- University of Wisconsin System officials hope to announce the finalists for the system president position later this month.

Board of Regents President Michael Falbo told the regents Friday the system expects to release the names on Dec. 23, with final interviews set for Jan. 6 and Jan. 7.

The system is searching for a new leader after current President Kevin 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 defended the reserves as a way to protect the system as state support shrinks, but Republicans said he and system officials needlessly overcharged students.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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