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UPDATE: Governor Walker reacts to Reilly's departure


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- While Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) had some nice things to say about Kevin Reilly's tenure, he made it clear he's looking for a different type of leader as the next UW System President.

In June of 2012, Gov. Walker stood beside Reilly as they introduced the new UW flex degree option in Madison.  Its an initiative the Governor praised the outgoing President for on Tuesday.

"The work that he and the System have done with us on economic development and particularly on the UW flex option program, we think is not only big for Wisconsin, its big in national circles when it comes to higher ed," said Gov. Walker.

But the Governor made it clear that going forward he hopes a new UW System President will have a different vision.

"I think there's an active interest by the chancellors and the teams at each of the campuses that they'd like to still be a part of the University of Wisconsin System but they'd like to have more autonomy," said Gov. Walker.  "And that's something we're very interested in and I think that will be a priority of the discussions going forward."

Gov. Walker also appears to want a more real world approach from UW System leadership.

"One that focuses on not only a great UW System and higher education, but tying it into the communities in terms of economic development, workforce development and job creation," said Gov. Walker.


MADISON (WKOW) --- Governor Scott Walker released a statement following the news of UW System President, Kevin Reilly's retirement:

The state of Wisconsin has deep respect and gratitude for President Reilly's contributions to the UW System, including his work to focus the university's attention on economic and workforce development.  He initiated conversations with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation leading to a very promising partnership with the UW System.  I also appreciate the leadership he has provided for the innovative UW Flexible Option, which will enhance college access for working adults. 

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