MADISON — University of Wisconsin System President Katharine C. Lyall today announced the names of four finalists for the position of chancellor of UW-Extension.

The names have been forwarded to the Board of Regents’ Special Committee for the UW-Extension Chancellor Search, chaired by Regent Guy Gottschalk. Other committee members are Regents Jonathan Barry, Patrick Boyle and Frederic Mohs.

President Lyall and the Special Committee will interview the finalists March 30 and April 3 in Madison. The committee will then make a recommendation to the full Board of Regents, which will take final action at the April 7 Board meeting. The April meeting is scheduled for UW-Extension’s Pyle Center in Madison.

The four finalists are:

  • Corrinne A. Caldwell
    Vice President for Distance and Continuing Education and Acting Provost
    Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • D. Merrill Ewert
    Director and Associate Dean
    Cornell Cooperative Extension (Ithaca, New York)
  • Kevin P. Reilly
    Provost and Vice Chancellor
    University of Wisconsin-Extension (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Steven P. Schomberg
    Associate Chancellor
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, Illinois)

The new chancellor will succeed Albert J. Beaver, who has served as UW-Extension’s interim chancellor since 1997. Beaver announced last October that he would retire in July 2000.

A 17-member campus/community search and screen committee submitted its recommendations to President Lyall on March 22. Lee Cunningham, associate professor of agriculture/agribusiness, Walworth County Extension, chaired the committee.

UW-Extension is one of the 15 institutions of the UW System. Through its programming units (Business and Manufacturing Extension, Cooperative Extension, Continuing Education Extension, and Extension Communications), and its collaborative relationships with all UW System campuses and every Wisconsin county, the people of Wisconsin have direct access to the educational resources of the UW System. UW-Extension is headquartered in Madison but has staff and programs throughout the state.


Kevin Boatright, UW System
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