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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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