Finalists named for UW System university relations leader (Mar 18, 2014)

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March 18, 2014

Finalists named for UW System university relations leader

MADISON – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross today announced the names of the five finalists for the position of Vice President for University Relations for the UW System.

Reporting to the president of the UW System, this new position will supervise a team that is broadly responsible for external and internal communications, state government relations, and federal relations.

The finalists and their titles are as follows:

  • John N. Diamond
    Former Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations
    University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • John Lopez
    Former Vice President for Government Affairs, Associate Vice President for Policy Development, and Corporate Liaison
    Apollo Education Group, Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Georgia E. Maxwell
    Assistant Deputy Secretary
    Department of Financial Institutions, Madison, Wis.

  • James C. Villa
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Commercial Association of REALTORS®, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Matthew Williams
    Government Relations Leader
    GE Corporate/GE Healthcare, Wauwatosa, Wis.

The finalists, who were identified through a national search process, will be interviewed in Madison March 20. The 13-member search-and-screen committee was co-chaired by UW-Oshkosh Chancellor Richard Wells and John Yingling, owner, Paladan Group, LLC.


Heather LaRoi
UW System
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