University of Washington's Phyllis Wise leaving for University of Illinois

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University of Washington Provost Phyllis Wise is leaving her post at the UW for the University of Illinois. She'll be come a vice president of the Illinois university and the chancellor of the main campus in Urbana-Champaign.

Wise has been widely praised for her work as interim president of the UW, a role she held from July 2010 to July 2011, while the university searched for a replacement to former President Mark Emmert.

She returned to the role of provost after the university chose Michael Young, then president of the University of Utah, to succeed Emmert. Young started the UW job in July.

The provost, the second-highest position at the university, serves as the chief academic officer and oversees the school's budget.

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