August 21, 2014

Walker appoints three new UW regents

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents is getting three new members.

Former State Audit Janice Mueller was among those chosen by Governor Scott Walker to serve on the board. She retired in 2011, after serving as state auditor for nearly 13 years. Governor Walker says her extensive experience dealing with state finances will be valuable to the board, adding that he’s “confident she will make a fantastic regent and will use her depth of experience to improve the UW System.”

The Board of Regents has been under fire in recent months, after it was revealed in April that campuses were sitting on more than $650 million in reserves. The issue has already resulted in funding reductions to the UW under the proposed state budget, along with calls for more transparency from administrators and oversight on system operations.

Former Republican Lieutenant Governor Margaret Farrow was also appointed to the board on Monday. Both she and Mueller will serve seven year terms. Mueller and Farrow replace Jeffrey Bartell and Regents’ president Brent Smith.

The governor also named UW-Platteville student Joshua Inglett from Portage to a two year term as a student Regent. Inglett is studying engineering physics and will replace Katherine Pointer of Madison.

The state Senate will have to confirm Walker’s appointees before they can begin their terms.