Dr. Richard J. Telfer serving as Interim President at U Wisconsin System until new successor assumes responsibilities

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dr. Richard J. Telfer is serving as Interim President of the University of Wisconsin System until a permanent successor to Dr. Kevin P. Reilly is named. [Raymond Cross has been named and will assume his duties in mid-February.]

Dr. Telfer, who is the 15th chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, has been a member of that campus community for more than 20 years. Prior to his appointment as interim chancellor in June 2007, he served as provost and vice chancellor at UW-Whitewater for five years, and associate vice chancellor from 1997-2002. He previously served as a professor and department chair in the department of curriculum and instruction, and as an assistant dean in the campus’ graduate school. He first joined the campus as an assistant professor in 1985.

Dr. Telfer has helped connect the campus to the community, including working with the City of Whitewater and the Community Development Authority to develop the Whitewater University Technology Park. Some of Dr. Telfer’s most significant academic and educational initiatives include strengthening retention and graduation rates, developing freshmen learning communities and initiating the new student seminar. He has also played a key role in the establishment of several nationally recognized programs including: the Academic Advising and Exploration Center, the Undergraduate Research Program, the McNair Scholars Program and the Honors Program.

Dr. Telfer earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a bachelor’s degree in speech/English and a master’s degree in secondary education/reading improvement from Central Michigan University.

Dr. Telfer and his wife, Roni, are currently living in Madison.

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