University of Wisconsin System Presidential Search

The Search Committee for the eighth President of the University of Wisconsin System was convened on August 20, 2021. UW System Board of Regents President Edmund Manydeeds III charged the committee with its mission to begin the national search.

August 20, 2021

University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson has been serving in an interim role since July 1, 2020. He succeeded Ray Cross, who retired after a 42-year career in higher education, including serving as UW System President from February 2014 to June 2020.

Regent Vice President Karen WalshOn behalf of the Board of Regents, the search committee and the faculty, staff, and students of the UW System, thank you for your interest as we search for our next President.

Karen Walsh, Regent Vice President
Chair, UW System Presidential Search Committee

greeting from the Chair


Search Process Timeline


Listening Sessions at UW Campuses

In-person & by videoconference

Thirty-two listening sessions have been held in-person and by videoconference during the search for our next President. 

Listening Sessions