Phyllis Wise

(Courtesy of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Reporting from WILL's Tom Rogers was used in this report.

The University of Illinois has chosen University of Washington Provost Phyllis Wise as its next chancellor.

In a news release Wednesday, the university says Wise will take over the top job at the university's flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign on Oct. 1 - pending approval by the board of trustees at their next meeting in September.

University President Michael Hogan called the 66-year-old Wise a proven scholar.