Raymond W. Cross

  • University of Wisconsin

Ray Cross is currently serving as the seventh president of the University of Wisconsin System. The UW System’s two doctorate 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. Ray 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. Previously, Ray served Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension. From 1998-2011, Ray served as President of Morrisville State College and prior to that he was President of Northwest Technical College. Ray received his doctorate in college and university administration from Michigan State University, a masters degree in industrial education from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in technical education from Ferris State University.