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Kevin P. Reilly

President Emeritus and Regent Professor, University of Wisconsin System

Dr. Kevin P. Reilly is president emeritus and regent professor with the 26-campus University of Wisconsin (UW) System, having served as president from 2004-2013.   

In collaboration with the UW Board of Regents and the campus chancellors, he developed the “Growth Agenda for Wisconsin,” a long-term vision and strategic framework for what the university needed to do to help Wisconsin and the nation be more competitive in the global knowledge economy.  Under his leadership, enrollment grew to 182,000--an all-time high--and sponsored research continued to expand beyond $ 1 billion annually.  One of his final innovations as president was to establish competency-based degree programs in the UW System, the first of their kind offered by a public university system. 

Dr. Reilly served as chancellor of UW-Extension from 2000 to 2004 and as provost and vice chancellor from 1996 to 2000.  A native of New York City, Reilly came to Wisconsin from the State University of New York (SUNY) System, where he was associate provost for academic programs and then secretary of the university.  Earlier in his career, he led the New York State Board of Regents office that evaluated and accredited all public, private, and for-profit colleges and universities in the state.

He is a member of the Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues for the Council on Foreign Relations.  He has advised the University of Nizwa in Oman and Qatar University on the development of their institutions. He has also served as the president of the National Association of System Heads.

He is author and editor of books and articles on higher education leadership, policy, accreditation, and board governance, among other topics in literature and Irish studies. At UW-Madison he has taught the undergraduate course on James Joyce, and a graduate seminar on Major Challenges in American Higher Education.

Dr. Reilly earned his B.A. at the University of Notre Dame, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.  
 

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