Raymond Cross

Former President at University of Wisconsin System

Raymond Cross

Raymond Cross

Former President at University of Wisconsin System

Biography

Raymond W. (Ray) Cross, Ph.D., began his appointment as the seventh president of the University of Wisconsin System on February 15, 2014. Previously, President Cross served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension from February 2011 through February 2014. From 1998 until coming to Wisconsin in 2011, President Cross was president of Morrisville State College, a residential agriculture and technology college of the State University of New York (SUNY). He led that school in developing and implementing a new college vision and strategic plan, which strengthened the institution’s academic quality, promoted the development of several new academic programs, integrated technology into all programs, encouraged entrepreneurialism and innovation, and established applied business centers throughout the college. President Cross also spearheaded several agriculture, energy and technology initiatives, including the ThinkPad University partnership with IBM and a biodiesel co-generation project, and made rural entrepreneurship a priority. President 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. President 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 2007, Colgate University awarded Cross an honorary doctorate of science. In addition to his career in academia, President Cross has experience in the private sector as a design engineer, small-business owner and consultant to business, industry and government. From 1967-70, he served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded four medals for his service.

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University of Wisconsin System

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Director, Integrated Electronics Engineering Center at The Research Foundation for the State University of New York

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Executive Director for UW-Shared Services at University of Wisconsin System

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Senior Associate Vice President & Executive Director for UW Extended Campus at University of Wisconsin System

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Assistant Vice President & Controller at University of Wisconsin System

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Director, Learning Technology Development at University of Wisconsin System

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Interim Associate Vice President at University of Wisconsin System

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Program Associate at University of Wisconsin System

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Is Business Automation Analyst, UW Service Center Affinity Groups at University of Wisconsin System

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IT Administrative Analyst at University of Wisconsin System

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AVP at University of Wisconsin System

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THE STATE HIGHER EDUCATION EXECUTIVE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION (SHEEO) IS A NATIONAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION FORMED IN 1954 and incorporated in 1981 TO ASSIST STATE HIGHER EDUCATION EXECUTIVES AND THE STATES AS THEY SEEK TO DEVELOP AND SUSTAIN EXCELLENT SYSTEMS OF HIGHER EDUCATION. SHEEO FULFILLS ITS MISSION BY SPONSORING NATIONAL CONVENINGS, INCLUDING AN ANNUAL MEETING, PRODUCING PUBLICATIONS, AND PERFORMING GRANT AND PROJECT ACTIVITIES. REGULAR MEMBERSHIP IS OPEN TO THE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF STATEWIDE BOARDS OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION. SHEEO IS SUPPORTED PRIMARILY THROUGH FEDERAL STATE DUES AND PRIVATE FOUNDATION GRANTS.

Career History
President
Prior - 2020

The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country, serving approximately 170,000 students each year and employing 39,000 faculty and staff statewide. With 13 universities across 26 campuses and a statewide extension network, the UW System is a tremendous academic, cultural, and economic resource for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

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Director
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The Research Foundation of the State University of New York The RF was founded in 1951 to serve SUNY and to capitalize on its scope, scale and diversity as an engine of New York’s innovation economy. The largest, most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country, the RF supports nearly $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually, providing sponsored programs administration and innovation support services to SUNY faculty performing research in life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences, and computer and information sciences.

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