Ray Cross

Raymond W. Cross

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Raymond W. (Ray) Cross, Ph.D., is the President of the University of Wisconsin System.

The UW System’s two doctoral universities, 11 comprehensive universities, 13 freshman-sophomore UW Colleges, and statewide UW-Extension annually serve approximately 180,000 students, and reach more than one million Wisconsin citizens through outreach, public broadcasting, and continuing education programs. Cross leads a UW System workforce of some 40,000 faculty, academic and classified staff, and graduate assistants. He is also responsible for the UW System’s $6 billion annual budget, made up of state support, federal funding, tuition and fees, and private gifts.

Previously, Cross served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension from 2011 to 2014.

From 1998 until coming to Wisconsin in 2011, Cross was president of Morrisville State College, a residential agriculture and technology college of the State University of New York (SUNY). Cross served as president of Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, Minn., from 1992-98. Previous to that he was a department head and a professor (1977-92) at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

Cross received his doctorate in college and university administration from Michigan State University. He earned a master’s degree in industrial education at Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in technical education from Ferris State University.

In addition to his career in academia, Cross has experience in the private sector as a design engineer, small-business owner and consultant to business, industry and government. From 1967-70, Cross served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded four medals for his service.

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