The president of Morgan State University was recently a finalist for a job as head of the public college system in Wisconsin, but ultimately withdrew his name from consideration.

David Wilson was one of five finalists vying to be head of the University of Wisconsin System, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. The job went to Ray Cross, an internal candidate, in January. Before coming to Morgan, Wilson had worked as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin Extension.

Wilson wrote a letter to Morgan's Board of Regents explaining why he applied and withdrew his name from consideration.

"I think because of my successful tenure there, I was vigorously pursued last month to become President of the University of Wisconsin System," Wilson wrote.

"I was honored and, quite frankly, humbled and tickled by their strong interest in my leadership. But I told them no, on two occasions, because my heart and soul is right here at Morgan."

Wilson was also a finalist for the University of Albany presidency in 2012. When the Board of Regents did not renew his contract late that year — a decision later reversed — Wilson wrote then that he believed he was being "punished" for his candidacy at the University of Albany.

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