- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The University of Wisconsin System’s public relations and lobbying director is leaving the post at the end of next week to lead a prominent real estate organization.

Jim Villa, who was previously Gov. Scott Walker’s chief of staff when he was Milwaukee County executive, will be taking over as CEO of NAIOP Wisconsin, the state chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

Villa has worked in the real estate industry in the past and took the job as vice president of university relations in 2014. In addition to returning to real estate, Villa says the new job will also let him be based out of Milwaukee, where he and his family live.

System President Ray Cross’ chief of staff, Jessica Tormey, will serve as the interim vice president.

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