MADISON, WI (WSAU-WAOW) -- The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents announced today that former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson will serve as UW System Interim President effective July 1st.
A press release calls Thompson a "well known champion of Wisconsin's public universities."
Board of Regents president Andrew Petersen asked Thompson to serve "because of his legacy of bringing people together and finding common ground."
The Board is continuing a search for a new person to replace Ray Cross after the sole finalist for the position, Jim Johnsen, withdrew his name from consideration earlier this month. There had been mounting criticism of the search criteria and Johnsen's qualifications.