A selection committee chose Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Vice Chancellor Peter Garland, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King and UW-Extension and UW Colleges Chancellor Ray Cross as finalists. The Board of Regents hired Cross earlier this month.
System records released on Thursday show David Wilson, who once worked as UW-Extension and UW Colleges chancellor and now serves as president at Morgan State University, and Green, a Republican who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2006 rounded out the top five candidates.
System officials said Wilson, the only black candidate in the top five, withdrew himself from consideration. Green didn't get enough votes from a search committee to be considered a finalist.