University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly announced his resignation on Tuesday, following a tumultuous six months that saw an angry backlash from the Republican-controlled Legislature over how the university was handling its money.
The UW System said in a statement that Reilly will leave to advise the American Council on Education in January 2014 and return to teaching. He'll continue as the UW System's chief executive through the end of the calendar year.
"We overcame financial headwinds to build a higher education system that expanded access to college classrooms for Wisconsin families and responded to the needs of our economy for skilled graduates able to compete and succeed in a global economy," Reilly said in the statement.
Regent President Michael Falbo credited Reilly with being a "strong, effective leader for the UW System." The system now serves more than 182,000 students systemwide.