Regents get geographic diversity

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Tuesday that requires the UW Board of Regents include at least one citizen representative from each of the state’s eight congressional districts. Speaking at the UW-Marathon County campus in Wausau, Walker said the measure will make the board “reflect the diverse geographical differences and yet similarities that we have around the state.” During the administration of former Gov. Jim Doyle, most of the board appointments were attorneys from Madison or Milwaukee. Read news coverage.

Current Regents endorsed change in Board makeup
Worth noting here: In April the UW System Regents voted 12-5 to support a resolution of support for legislation that would ensure regional representation on the Board. Regent President Chuck Pruitt, who presented the resolution, said that if the legislature grants the University new management flexibilities, it’s important that its members know that the interests of their region will be represented by someone who appreciates their unique needs. The bill was introduced with bipartisan support. That resolution is archived, click here.

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