NEW INFORMATION: UW finalists weigh in on issues during video conferences

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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.
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.
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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