MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor Richard (Dick) Telfer announced on Monday that he will step down as of June 30, 2015.

University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross: 

“Dick has more experience in the UW System than just about anyone. He came up through the ranks as a faculty member, administrator, and academic leader. Dick understands the history, the importance and the value of the UW System. His passion for and commitment to enhancing the profile of Wisconsin’s higher educational system at home and around the globe has been greatly admired by his fellow chancellors. He has been a thoughtful, visionary decision-maker and it has been our privilege to work with him. Under his leadership, UW-Whitewater’s reputation for academic and athletic success has soared both in the state and beyond. We wish Dick and his wife, Roni, all the best.”

UW System Regent President Michael Falbo:

“Along with his keen understanding of the evolving needs and challenges facing students and employers, Dick has always shown an unwavering commitment to helping students succeed.

It has been a great privilege to work with Dick, and we have benefited from his wisdom and experience over the years. I especially appreciated his willingness to step in and serve as interim UW System president. In a time of transition, Dick provided a steady hand at the helm and continued to move the UW System forward. On behalf of the members of our university community, I want to thank him for his exemplary service and dedication to the UW System. We will miss working with him, and wish him well in his retirement.”