Ray Cross will be the next University of Wisconsin System president.
The Board of Regents announced Cross' hiring Thursday. Cross has served as chancellor of UW-Extension, the system's outreach division, and UW Colleges, the system's two-year schools, since 2011. He was one of the key architects of the system's new flex option degree program, which allows students to parlay life experience into college credits.
Cross beat out Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Vice Chancellor Peter Garland for the position after Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King withdrew from consideration.
Cross will take over for Kevin Reilly, who stepped down last month after enduring intense criticism from GOP lawmakers for allowing campuses to build huge funding reserves while raising tuition year after year.
Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj