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John Wiley assumed the office of chancellor on Jan. 1, 2001. Wiley was born on March 23, 1942 , in Nashville, Tennessee.
He received a BS (1964) from Indiana University and MS (1965) and PhD (1968) degrees in physics from the University of Wisconsin . Wiley worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1968 to 1974 then spent a year at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart , Germany.
Wiley joined the UW-Madison faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in August 1975. From 1982 to 1986, he chaired the Materials Science Program, a graduate-level, interdepartmental-committee program for masters and doctoral degrees. From 1986 to 1989, Wiley served as associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, and from 1989 to 1994 he was dean of the Graduate School and the university’s senior research officer. From 1994-2000, he served as the university’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
On December 7, 2007, Wiley announced that would step down as Chancellor at the end of August 2008.