Mark Nook named UW System's chief academic officer

MADISON (AP) -- The former chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is now the chief academic officer the University of Wisconsin System.

Mark Nook has been named the system's senior vice president for academic and student affairs. He has held the position on an interim basis since last summer.

Nook was the vice chancellor, and later interim chancellor, at Stevens Point from 2007 to 2010. Before that he spent 17 years at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, where his positions included chair of the physics department.

Nook has a doctorate in astronomy from UW-Madison. He beat out three finalists for the vice president position. The others were Kathleen Bollard from the University of Colorado System, Aaron Brower from UW-Madison, and Meena Rao from the University of Illinois at Chicago.