MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on the University of Wisconsin System regents voting to change hiring policy (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

The University of Wisconsin System regents have adopted sweeping changes to hiring policies for the system’s top positions, including attracting private sector candidates.

The regents approved the plan during a meeting Thursday at UW-Stout. State schools Superintendent Tony Evers was the only dissenting vote.

Under the plan, job descriptions for system president, chancellors and vice chancellors must encourage non-academic applicants to apply and state that applicants don’t have to hold a terminal degree or tenure. The language brings the system into compliance with new state budget provisions that prohibit regents from considering only people with terminal degrees or tenure for those positions.

Other changes include releasing only two to three finalists’ names rather than five; recruiting non-academic candidates; shrinking the size of search committees from 17 members to 10; and developing internal employees so they can step into leadership roles.


9:05 a.m.

The University of Wisconsin System regents are set to revamp hiring policies for the system’s top positions.

The proposal calls for changing hiring policy to require that chancellor job descriptions encourage non-academic applicants to apply and state specifically that applicants don’t have to hold a terminal degree or tenure.

Other changes include not releasing applicants’ names unless they become finalists, recruiting non-academic candidates and updating campus policies to prohibit considering only applicants with terminal degrees or tenure for system president, chancellors and vice chancellors.

The state budget Gov. Scott Walker signed last month blocks the regents from considering only people with terminal degrees or tenure for those three positions.

The regents are set to vote on the proposal during a meeting Thursday at UW-Stout.