MADISON, Wis.— UW System Board of Regents President Edmund Manydeeds III and UW System President Tommy Thompson issued these statements today regarding the passing of Margaret Farrow:

UW System Regent President Edmund Manydeeds III:

“In the four years she served on the UW System Board of Regents (2013-2017), Margaret Farrow was an accomplished, wise, and caring colleague. She was a passionate advocate for UW students and the importance of maintaining access to high-quality, affordable higher education. She inspired us to always do more.”

UW System President Tommy Thompson:

“Margaret Farrow was a great leader in Wisconsin politics, who was revered by those who worked with her as well as those she fought for. She led with grace and class but was also tough as nails. Margaret solved problems with a passion and kindness that was one-of-a-kind. She was our own Iron Lady, the Margaret Thatcher of Wisconsin.”


The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 165,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. Nearly 90 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree – with a median salary of more than $66,000. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System universities also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.

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