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Finalist list out Thursday for next UW System president

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - We'll find out on Thursday who's still in the running to become the next president of the University of Wisconsin System.  

Spokesman David Giroux says the UW will release the names of the finalists to replace Kevin Reilly, who said in July he would leave at the end of the year.  

A nearly 20-year-old state law requires state and local governments to release the finalists' names for their top positions. However, at least a couple of members of the University's Board of Regents said they knew that a number of candidates shied away from applying, because they feared their names would get out.  

Last week, GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said the state should not discourage strong applicants from applying -- and so he'd consider a bill to keep the finalists secret for the UW's presidency and campus chancellors.  

That brought strong criticism from the head of the state's Freedom of Information Council, who said the disclosure law is meant to prevent hiring abuses. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)