MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Whitewater Chancellor Richard J. Telfer will serve as interim UW System President following the departure of President Kevin Reilly at year's end.
The UW Board of Regents made that announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Reilly, the second longest-serving leader in the system's history, announced July 30th that he will leave to advise the American Council on Education (ACE) and return to teaching. Telfer's interim appointment will begin on Jan. 1, 2014 and will extend until the new UW System President steps into the leadership post.
"Chancellor Telfer came up through the ranks as a faculty member, administrator, and academic leader. He understands the UW System and the complex issues we're facing," said Michael J. Falbo, President of the UW Board of Regents. "We are fortunate to have someone with his considerable experience and leadership skill, who can provide an important sense of stability during this transition period."
Telfer was selected in 2008 as the 15th chancellor of UW-Whitewater. He has been a member of that campus community for more than 20 years, including service as Provost and Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice Chancellor. He previously chaired the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, where he is a faculty member, and served as Assistant Dean in UW-Whitewater's graduate school. He first joined the campus as an assistant professor in 1985.
Reilly announced that UW-Whitewater Provost and Vice Chancellor Beverly A. Kopper has agreed to serve as that institution's interim Chancellor, effective January 1. Kopper was appointed Provost in March 2010, after serving as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Northern Iowa.
After consulting with Regent leadership, Reilly identified Kopper as the person who could provide effective leadership for UW-Whitewater while Telfer steps up to lead UW System. The UW System Board of Regents will approve salaries for both interim appointments in December.
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