UW-Madison is in need of a new top academic administrator, as Provost John Karl Scholz plans to step back into the role of a faculty member.

Scholz announced his intention to return to UW-Madison’s economics department on Tuesday after spending more than three years as provost — the university’s chief academic officer — and serving as dean of the College of Letters and Sciences for six years starting in 2013. Prior to that, Scholz taught economics at UW-Madison for more than two decades.

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