University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly said Tuesday he's leaving, but that it wasn't because of controversies over the past year.
Reilly is expected to step down by the end of the year or sooner. He will begin his new position advising the American Council on Education in January 2014, before returning to teaching, he said.
"We overcame financial headwinds to build a higher education system that expanded access to college classrooms for Wisconsin families and responded to the needs of our economy for skilled graduates able to compete and succeed in a global economy," Reilly said in the release.
Reilly has been the UW System president since 2004.
His departure is not without questions over whether a controversial year had an impact.
Reilly was at the center of a legislative storm earlier this year, after revelations that the UW System had stockpiled $650 million in reserves while it was raising tuition by 5.5 percent a year.