With hopes of moving forward, UW System officials decided to turn back the clock in looking for leadership to guide UW-Madison.
David Ward, who was chancellor at Wisconsin's flagship institution of higher education from 1993 to 2000, was introduced as the university's interim chancellor by UW System President Kevin Reilly at a press conference Wednesday at Bascom Hall.
"David, it's no exaggeration at all to say, is one of the most admired American university leaders at home and abroad," says Reilly. "And we are just very lucky that he has agreed to bring that experience back to Wisconsin to take the helm of UW-Madison during a critical transition period. He is someone who can bring people together on campus, who can reach out to the other UW System chancellors and can serve as a very strong advocate for our flagship, land grant, global institution that is UW-Madison."
Ward has been semi-retired since serving as president of the American Council on Education from 2001 to 2008. The council, based in Washington, D.C., is an association representing 1,600 accredited, degree-granting institutions from all sectors of higher education. It also represents some 200 national and regional higher education associations and organizations.