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Ex-Congressman Mark Green nearly became finalist for UW System president

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Former congressman and governor's candidate Mark Green almost became a finalist for the next University of Wisconsin System president.

Records released Thursday showed that Green was among the top five candidates -- but he did not get enough votes from a search committee as one of the three finalists.

The UW Board of Regents eventually chose an internal candidate, Extension and Colleges chancellor Ray Cross, to replace the departed Kevin Reilly. Cross will take over next month.

Former Extension and Colleges chancellor David Wilson also made the top five for the president's post. He ended up withdrawing.

Green served eight years in the U.S. House as a Republican from Green Bay, before he ran and lost for governor in 2006. After that, he served 17 months as the U.S. ambassador to Tanzania -- and he directed a non-profit group that fights malaria.

In 2010, Green was named to the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a foreign aid group that seeks to end worldwide poverty.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)