MILWAUKEE, Wis. – By unanimous vote, Regent Regina Millner of Madison was today elected President of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, and Regent John Behling of Eau Claire was elected to serve as Vice President of the Board. Both positions have a one-year term.
First appointed to the Board in 2012, Millner’s career as a lawyer and consultant in commercial real estate spans more than 30 years. Millner has served in leadership positions on the boards of many for-profit and not-for-profit corporations. Her involvement includes the Wisconsin Alumni Association; UW-Madison Athletic Board; Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association; Chazen Art Museum Council; and the Chancellor’s Advisory Board.
Active in the Madison community, she has served on the boards of Meriter Hospital and Health Services (chair); Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (president); Downtown Madison, Inc. (chair); Madison Children’s Museum (chair); Madison Symphony Orchestra; YWCA; and Rotary Club of Madison (president). Millner currently serves on the UW Hospital Authority Board and the state’s Educational Communications Board.
Millner earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Master of Science in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the UW-Madison School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Behling has served on the Board since 2012. He currently serves on the Business and Finance committee as well as the Research, Economic Development, and Innovation committee. He is the executive vice president of regulatory affairs and general counsel for Smart Sand, Inc. Smart Sand is a leading supplier of industrial sand serving customers in the oil and gas industry.
Prior to joining Smart Sand, Behling was the vice president of the Weld, Riley law firm. He also previously served as an aide to Gov. Tommy Thompson in both Washington, D.C., and Madison. He earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.