MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents President Karen Walsh issued this statement today regarding the Senate vote to reject two regents for confirmation:

“From the moment I joined the Board of Regents in May 2019, its professionalism, camaraderie, and bipartisanship were evident. With appointments from both sides of the political aisle these past five years, we have persevered through the pandemic, leadership transitions, and the dramatic changes taking place in higher education. Through it all, our volunteer regents dedicate their time and talents to make the Universities of Wisconsin better – now and into the future. Everyone who serves on the Board has the best interests of Wisconsin – including its students, parents, and taxpayers – in mind. John Miller and Dana Wachs are fine public servants, and I thank them for the talents they brought to the Board of Regents.”


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