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Bill aims to give UW students more say in Regent Board members

Governor Walker signs a bill diversifying the UW Board of Regents.
Governor Walker signs a bill diversifying the UW Board of Regents.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Senate Democrat wants to give UW students more of a say in picking the two student members of the university’s Board of Regents.

Under a bill from Madison’s Fred Risser, student governments on each campus would provide nominees whom the governor would have to choose from when there’s an opening.

Risser says it would guarantee that the student Regents will, “be a representative of the student community.”

Dylan Jambrek of the United Council of UW Student Governments says it would give those who pay tuition and attend classes a greater voice in picking their representation. Jambrek said it would assure, “good, thoughtful, involved, and critical students to be our student regents.”

In June, Josh Inglett of UW-Platteville had his nomination as a student Regent withdrawn, after it was learned that he signed the recall petition against Governor Scott Walker.

Last month, Walker made his second appointment for the opening, by naming Platteville student Chad Landes. He’s an animal science major who travels to high schools around the Midwest to recruit ag students to Platteville. Landes did not sign the Walker recall petition.