"Kevin has been a tireless advocate for the effort to graduate more Wisconsin residents from our universities," Sorensen said. "We have taken that goal to heart at UW-Stout and, for the first time in our history, exceeded more than 2,000 graduates in the 2012-13 fiscal year.
"Kevin's legacy within the UW System will be the increased number of Wisconsin residents who are living better and more productive lives because of the education they received during his tenure.
"I also applaud Kevin's work to give campuses more ability to operate independently, within the UW System structure. We have made great strides in this area, but there is more to be done.
"Finally, Kevin has worked with the Legislature and the governor's office to secure more flexibilities for the UW System and the campuses in how we operate financially and in other areas. This is critical as we try to meet the demand for more graduates and as we watch our state resources shrink.
"Kevin has faced some incredible challenges as president of the UW System, and I marvel at the way he faced them with good humor, a positive attitude and a desire for collaboration. I certainly wish him well in his future endeavors."