University of Wisconsin System — President

The University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents seeks nominations and applications for the position of UW System President. 

The President of the UW System has full executive responsibility for the operation and management of the system. The UW System educates approximately 165,000 students at 13 universities across 26 campuses, serves more than one million citizens through statewide outreach programs and employs more than 39,000 faculty and staff statewide. Its annual budget is $6 billion, including about $1 billion in state funding and $1.9 billion in gifts, grants and contracts.

The UW System Board of Regents seeks an imaginative, energetic, visionary leader with exceptional leadership abilities to amplify the UW System’s reputation for world-class education, research and outreach. The next President of the UW System will be expected to:

  • Envision the future and realize the promise of the UW System 
  • Champion the UW System and its mission
  • Manage revenue pressures 
  • Work collaboratively and consultatively with UW System constituencies
  • Provide essential central services to UW System campuses
  • Provide support to campuses to create effective educational practices

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Nominations, expressions of interest and applications are invited. Interested individuals should provide a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position and a current CV. This material should be submitted via the WittKieffer candidate portal. The UW System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except the identities of those identified as final candidates.

To receive full consideration, applications should be received by October 15, 2021. Confidential inquiries, nominations and questions concerning this search may be sent by email to WittKieffer consultants John Thornburgh and Christine Pendleton at 

The University of Wisconsin System is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.