(Madison) Today, UW System President Ray Cross announced he will retire. Representative Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) praised his service.

“While I’m happy to see President Cross take a well-earned break, it’s a loss to the UW System and the state of Wisconsin” said Rep. Zimmerman. “Ray is a straight shooter who deftly managed to keep a lot of balls in the air while advocating for our great university system.”

Ray Cross has worked in higher education for 42 years. He became chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension in 2011, and was named UW System president in January 2014. Previously, Cross served his country with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, where he earned four medals for his service. In addition, he has been a leader in higher education in New York, Minnesota, and Michigan.

President Cross was quoted by one paper as saying “Serving as president of the UW System has been the most rewarding work of my life.” He will continue to serve until a successor is found.

“The Wisconsin Idea means that our UW System is not separate from Wisconsin and the day to day problems our citizens face” said Zimmerman. “President Cross is someone who understands that academia should not be divorced from everyday life, and I have always appreciated his willingness to fight for a better Wisconsin economy that offers greater opportunities for all.”

Visit Representative Zimmerman’s Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/WIRepZimmerman/

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