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New UW System president promises better transparency, collaboration

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The new president of the UW System promises to be more open about the university's finances, and to collaborate more closely with state lawmakers.  

Ray Cross told reporters at the Milwaukee campus Friday that he's excited about taking over next month. He replaces Kevin Reilly, who -- like Cross -- was the extension and colleges chancellor just before being promoted to the presidency. Cross had held the post since 2011.  

Earlier, Cross said he established a number of contacts with legislators, and he promises to keep them more in the loop about what's happening. Cross said he also wants to make it easier to understand the UW's finances -- which can get complicated at times.  

The Board of Regents chose Cross over two other finalists, both the heads of higher education systems in Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)