The UW-Board of Regents must now include members from all parts of the state. Governor Walker signed a bill into law Tuesday at the UW-Marathon County campus in Wausau that requires at least one citizen member come from each of the state’s eight congressional districts. “This bill reflects the geographic distribution of our university system,” said UWMC dean Keith Montgomery.
Most board members had come from Madison or Milwaukee under former Governor Jim Doyle. Half of the 14 appointed Regents are still from those two cities. The Board has a total of 18 members. The state public school superintendent automatically sits on the panel, along with the head of the state technical college system and two UW students.
Walker says he’s already appointed members to represent the 3rd, 7th and 8th congressional districts.
Matt Lehman-WSAU contributed to this report