The Days of an Absentee Regents Board are Ending

Very solid picks for Gov. Walker’s per­ma­nent selec­tions to the UW Board of Regents.

Gov. Scott Walker announced on Mon­day the appoint­ments of three new mem­bers to the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin Sys­tem Board of Regents.

Mar­garet Far­row and Jan­ice Mueller were named as two cit­i­zen mem­bers to the 18-person board, and Joshua Inglett of the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Platteville was named as one of the panel’s two stu­dent regents.

Far­row and Mueller will serve seven-year terms on the board, which is respon­si­ble for estab­lish­ing the rules and poli­cies that gov­ern the uni­ver­sity sys­tem. Inglett will serve a two-year term. Each appoint­ment is sub­ject to con­fir­ma­tion by the state Senate.

Far­row was the first female lieu­tenant gov­er­nor, a posi­tion she held from 2001 to 2003. She is also a for­mer state leg­is­la­tor in both the Assem­bly and the Sen­ate and the for­mer Elm Grove Vil­lage Board president.

From 1998 until she retired in 2011, Mueller served as the state audi­tor within the Wis­con­sin Leg­isla­tive Audit Bureau. Mueller was also the first woman in state his­tory to hold that posi­tion. Walker said he expects Mueller’s appoint­ment to bring increased over­sight and trans­parency to the UW System.

Inglett, the new two-year stu­dent regent, replaces Katie Pointer, who for the sake of per­sonal dis­clo­sure was a sum­mer finance intern / staffer dur­ing the 2010 Ron John­son cam­paign.  She helped with a lot of the logis­tics with fund raisers.

By appoint­ing Far­row and (espe­cially) Mueller, Walker is show­ing that he wants peo­ple on his Board of Regents who will no longer be asleep at the wheel run­ning the UW Sys­tem.  That will mean many more audit requests and many more requests for infor­ma­tion for the pub­lic and state leg­is­la­tors to delve into.

It also means that unless Walker’s pre­vi­ously appointed regents side with Doyle’s remain­ing mem­bers of the board, Kevin Reilly’s days are numbered.

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