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.