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Regents pick Cross as next UW System president


MADISON (WKOW) -- The University of Wisconsin System announced just before 4:30 p.m. Thursday that Raymond Cross would be the System's next president, succeeding Kevin Reilly.

Cross is the current Chancellor of UW Colleges and UW Extension, and was the only internal candidate among the three finalists for the System president job. He will be paid $525,000.

Cross is a Michigan native who has held education posts in four states and also consulted for the auto industry. He touted his broad experience in a Monday interview broadcast on all system campuses.

"I bring a unique blend of experience in public higher education and in business," Cross said. "In some ways I have a foot in both of those arenas, I have experience in working in systems in three states, I appreciate and value systems when they function properly."

Cross led the UW System's flexible option degree initiative, which gives non-traditional students the chance to earn diplomas by proving competency in subjects.

Another finalist, Robert King, took his name out of the running this week.

The third finalist was Peter Garland, the Pennsylvania Higher Education System vice chancellor. 

Here's the response from Cross tweeted by the system.

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