The question truly at heart here: Was he pushed, or was he nudged?
University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly is leaving the UW System to accept a position advising the American Council on Education and return to teaching, according to a release from the UW System.
Reilly is expected to step down by the end of the year or sooner. He will begin is new position in January 2014.
“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 release.
Reilly has been the UW System President since 2004.
Gov. Scott Walker told reporters at a public appearance in Milwaukee that he has known about Reilly’s plans for a couple of days. Walker’s spokesman Tom Evenson says Walker spoke directly with Reilly about his departure.
He was at the center of a legislative storm earlier this year over UW building $650 million in reserves at the same time it was raising tuition 5.5 percent a year.
Other news outfits report that various members of the UW System’s Board of Regents have pretty much run for the hills when reached by the press. Which clearly seems to indicate who really ran the UW System since 2004.
(Hint: It wasn’t the Regents.)
Under Reilly, the regents got to be what many of them clearly wanted to be — absentee landlords who met every once in a while, and signed off on everything Reilly put before them.
Is it any wonder none of them appeared to know about the $1 Billion slush fund until it was too late?
Make no mistake about it, a gig at ACE (the DC name for the American Council on Education) is about as cherry as it can get for a left-wing academic in his mid-to-late 60s, which Reilly is at 64. Want to know why we have a Department of Education in the first place, look to them and the National Education Association. NEA pushed on the K-12 level, ACE pushed on the collegiate level. In their wake, they left government bureaucracy and waste at the Corners of C and Maryland Ave SW.
They’re proud of that fact.