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Former System President Ray Cross resigned June 30, but stayed on as a consultant through Sept. 30 to help interim System President Tommy Thompson transition into the role. UW Board of Regents President Drew Petersen agreed to pay Cross his full monthly salary, $43,750, in July, August and September. The payments come at a time when the System plans to lay off an untold number of its administrative employees and campuses have furloughed thousands of workers. The agreement notes that Cross must take one furlough day for each month of the contract, just as his UW System administration colleagues are doing through the end of June 2021. System spokesman Mark Pitsch said the three furlough days will be deducted from the $131,250 contract, reducing Cross’ total pay by about $6,000. The contract was released to the Wisconsin State Journal under the state’s public records law. A separate request made in early August for invoices, calendars or written correspondence indicating the number of hours Cross has worked has not yet been fulfilled, though Pitsch said Cross is working full-time, which is why he’s receiving his full-time pay.
Neither Cross nor Petersen responded to the newspaper’s interview request. Pitsch answered questions on their behalf by email. Cross’ contract …
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