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Three Finalists Bidding to Head UW System


Selection panel narrows field to: Raymond Cross, Peter Garland and Robert King. The UW Board of Regents pick Kevin Reilly's successor on Jan. 8.

Cross is chancellor of the UW Colleges and Extension.

Garland is executive vice chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

King is president of the  Kentucky Council on Post Secondary Education.

Reilly resigned as UW System president, effective Dec. 31. Some legislators had criticized him for allowing the UW campuses to amass huge reserves while continually raising tuition. Supporters said reserves are prudent and much of the money was earmarked for projects. After the reserves were publicized, state leaders voted to freeze tuition for two years.

The UW Board of Regents selection committee will interview the three finalists on Monday and make a recommendation to the full board. It will announce its decision next Wednesday.