NEW INFORMATION: Cross named University of Wisconsin president

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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 Post-secondary 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.


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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