MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System leaders today reacted to news that UW-Madison Chancellor John D. Wiley will step down in September, praising the chancellor’s impressive record of success.

Wiley has served as chancellor since January 2001, leading an institution that currently enrolls more than 40,000 students and enjoys a global reputation for excellence in research, instruction and public service. Wiley previously served as the campus’ provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs from 1994 to 2000. He came to UW-Madison in 1975 as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“I’ve always been impressed by John’s broad, strategic view of higher education and the key role that UW-Madison plays within that bigger framework,” said Kevin P. Reilly, president of the UW System. “He understands that a strong UW-Madison contributes to a vibrant UW System, and that the success of our entire public university system contributes to the vitality of our flagship campus.”

Reilly said that he would begin work very soon on collaborating with faculty and academic staff leaders at UW-Madison to appoint a search and screen committee. The search for Wiley’s successor will entail an extensive national search.

Mark J. Bradley, president of the UW System Board of Regents, announced that Regent David G. Walsh of Madison would chair the Regent Special Committee that will work with Reilly to recommend a new chancellor, choosing from a slate of finalists identified through the national search. The final appointment must be approved by the full Board of Regents.

“Chancellor Wiley has been a strong leader for the Madison campus and the entire state,” said Bradley. “He’s been especially successful in providing leadership to major fundraising campaigns, crisscrossing the country to meet with individual donors and foundations, conveying a clear vision for the university’s future and cultivating solid personal relationships. That kind of deep personal commitment is an invaluable asset to the entire university community.”

“John’s impressive legacy at UW-Madison extends to virtually every classroom and lab. He’s had a direct impact on the vitality of our academic programs, putting in place a cadre of exceptionally qualified academic leaders,” said Reilly. “From the provost’s office to the deans of each school and college, John has appointed people who are upholding the university’s proud history and contributing to its international prominence.”

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