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No. 2 official at UW-Madison to return to faculty

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The chief academic officer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is stepping down.

  The school said Thursday that Provost Patrick Farrell will return to the engineering faculty at the end of the fall semester.

  The announcement is the latest staff shake-up under its new chancellor, Biddy Martin.

  Farrell had served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs since April 2006.

  He was appointed to that post by then-Chancellor John Wiley, who Martin replaced in September.

  Farrell's departure will clear the way for Martin to search for her own provost.

  Martin says the university will begin searching for a replacement soon, but in the meantime Education Dean Julie Underwood will serve as interim provost.

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