Reaction to UW System President Ray Cross retirement news

Chancellor Blank shared the following reaction to the Oct. 25 announcement that Ray Cross is planning to retire:

Chancellor Blank and UW System President Ray Cross greet student Isabel Markowski
UW-Madison student Isabel Markowski, center, is pictured with UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and UW System President Ray Cross before Markowski’s presentation as a spotlighted student during the UW System Board of Regents meeting at Union South at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 9, 2018.

Congratulations to Ray Cross on his retirement from a long and distinguished career in higher education.

Ray has provided steady and valuable leadership to both UW System and prior to that, UW Extension and Colleges, during times that were frequently challenging. He did this with a warm smile and sincere interest in supporting the work of our students, faculty and staff.

Ray has been a standard bearer for the Wisconsin Idea, believing that the education and research we conduct at the university should reach beyond the boundaries of the campuses and benefit the people of the state and beyond.

I will miss Ray’s wisdom, humor and dedication to service in the state of Wisconsin. I wish him all the best in retirement.