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Kevin P. Reilly

Kevin P. Reilly

Presidential Advisor for Leadership, Leadership Programs

Specialization: The college completion agenda; competency-based education; higher education leadership; public university systems; university extension, outreach, and economic development

Kevin P. Reilly serves as ACE’s presidential advisor for leadership, working closely with the President’s Office to update and expand the Council’s wide array of programs for college and university chancellors and presidents and other senior leaders. 

Reilly joined ACE in 2014 after nearly a decade as president of the University of Wisconsin System, overseeing an institution that includes two doctoral universities, 11 comprehensive universities, 13 freshman-sophomore UW Colleges and the statewide UW-Extension. Before his tenure as president, he was chancellor of the UW-Extension from 2000–04 and provost and vice chancellor from 1996–2000. Prior to his work in Wisconsin, he was associate provost for Academic Programs and then secretary of the State University of New York System. 

Reilly has served as a member and secretary of ACE’s Board of Directors and as chair of ACE’s Commission on Adult Learning and Educational Credentials. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) and vice chair of its Commission on Leadership and Management. He served as a member of the Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues for the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the steering committee for the Celtic Studies Program at UW-Madison. He also is former president of the National Association of System Heads.

In 2009, Reilly received the Signature of Excellence Award from UCEA for exemplary service to continuing higher education. Also in 2009, he was named one of the top 100 Irish-American educators by The Irish Voice. He has authored and edited books and articles on higher education policy, accreditation, biography and autobiography, and Irish studies.

Reilly earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (IN) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.​