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UW System President on tough challenges ahead


MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison is facing some tough challenges this summer. A $95 million cut under the state's biennial budget.

This, coupled with the search for a chancellor has made it a challenging end of school year for the UW System President.

The search for Biddy Martin's next replacement only officially began Thursday.

UW System President Kevin Reilly said he's working with the UW-Madison faculty senate, and administrators to come up with candidates. These shoes will be a lot to fill.

The UW system will undergo an 11% cut in aid.

Reilly points out one positive in all this once the governor signs the biennial budget, is the bill will allow new administrative flexibility for all UW institutions.

"A couple of the bigger ones are getting our tax money in block grants from the state - so we'll have more flexibility in moving money from one place to another if we have some left over - we're constrained from doing that with the old rules," said Kevin Reilly, UW System President

Reilly says the new chancellor will be intimately involved in implementing the changes.

Another concern he has for the interim - is making sure that person is sensitive to the divide on campus. After weeks of debate on whether UW-Madison should split from the entire University of Wisconsin system.

He says the interim needs to do some healing.

Leaders with the UW will begin searching for a permanent chancellor in the Fall.

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