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Higher Education Panel

The 2017 ACP Conference featured a Higher Education Panel that discussed ways to connect to opportunities for transition to higher education. Video of the panel

Raymond W. (Ray) Cross, Ph.D.

Ray Cross

Raymond W. (Ray) Cross is president of the University of Wisconsin System. Cross leads a UW System workforce of more than 39,000 faculty, academic and university staff, and graduate assistants. He is also responsible for the UW System’s $6 billion annual budget, made up of state support, federal funding, tuition and fees, and private gifts. Previously, Cross served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension from February 2011 through February 2014. From 1998-2011, 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. 

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.

Dr. Morna K. Foy

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Dr. Morna K. Foy is President of the Wisconsin Technical College System, which consists of 16 two-year institutions and nearly 330,000 students. For more than 25 years, Dr. Foy has been engaged in higher education policy and leadership. She earned her undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from UW-Madison, a Masters in Finance and Policy from Indiana University, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis from UW-Madison. In a time of significant change in higher education and in the workplace, Dr. Foy believes in the power of technical education to enrich lives and strengthen Wisconsin’s economy.

ROLF WEGENKE, Ph.D.

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Rolf Wegenke is president and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU). WAICU represents the 24 private, nonprofit institutions of higher education in the state. Dr. Wegenke is also president/CEO of the WAICU Benefits Consortium and the WAICU Educational Technology Consortium. Previously, Dr. Wegenke served in the administrations of five Wisconsin governors, directing the state’s international trade and investment, business development, technology transfer, community development, and finance programs.  Dr. Wegenke is the chair of the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and the Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Foundation. He is president of the national Fund for Campus Servant Leadership. He sits on the executive committee of the Wisconsin Technology Council and chaired its Human Capital Committee and its personnel committee. He serves on the Board of Directors of Competitive Wisconsin, Inc. and was chair of its Education Committee. He is on the Governor's Council for Workforce Investment. He also sits on the Talent Development Advisory Committee and the Competitiveness Advisory Committee of “Future Wisconsin,” a project of the Wisconsin Association of Manufacturers and Commerce. He is a commissioner of the Midwest Higher Education Compact and serves on its executive committee, the Midwest Council, a non-partisan group formed in December 2013 whose primary objective is to improve the economic prosperity and quality of life for Midwest communities and businesses. 

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