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Media memo: Chancellor Schmidt responds to Kevin Reilly's departure announcement

July 30, 2013

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Julie Poquette, News Bureau Director

DATE: July 30, 2013

SUBJECT: Chancellor Schmidt responds to Kevin Reilly's departure announcement

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt has issued the following statement regarding today's announcement that UW System President Kevin Reilly will step down from his post Dec. 31:

"Kevin Reilly has worked diligently and devotedly over the past nine years to ensure access for all Wisconsin students to a quality UW System education," Schmidt said. "Thanks to his insightful, wise and dedicated leadership, the UW System remains strong and respected for its excellence both nationally and globally — as a place where students come first and as a key driver of economic growth in our state.

"Dr. Reilly has worked to ensure that the UW System remains unified, while also recognizing the distinctive and important missions of the individual system campuses. He advocated for more flexibilities in the way our individual campuses are managed — advocacy that was key, I believe, in UW-Eau Claire receiving Board of Regents approval for the Blugold Commitment, a student-endorsed and -supported program that has opened up opportunities for all of our students to benefit from high-impact practices (like internships, faculty/student research and intercultural immersion) during their college experience.

"As we enter this time of transition in leadership, I have great confidence in the future of our university system. I look forward to working with my colleagues from all the UW campuses to support our new president in ensuring the UW System's continued role in creating a bright future for the state of Wisconsin."

See the UW System news release announcing Reilly's departure.

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