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Presidents of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, from 1971 to today.

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Photo of Regent Bob AtwellTerm of Appointment:  May 2017 – May 2024

Nicolet National Bank
111 N Washington Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 430-7317
batwell@nicoletbank.com

 

Bob Atwell is the founding CEO of Nicolet National Bank. He has 34 years of experience as a Wisconsin banker. He is a graduate of Beloit College (’80) and the Yale School of Management (’83).

Atwell is Lead Director for the Ariens Company Board, and serves on the boards of Hospital Sisters Health System, Great Northern Corporation, Saris Cycling Group, and Promotion Management, Inc. (PMI). He is past chairman and one of the founders of Relevant Radio, a national Catholic radio network. He is a frequent speaker on leadership and community banking, as well as ethics, faith and economics.

Regent PresidentRegent John Robert Behling

Term of Appointment: May 2012 – May 2019

Weld Riley, S.C.
3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway
Eau Claire, WI 54701
715-839-7786

 

John Robert Behling is the first Board of Regents President from the Chippewa Valley area, where he is an attorney with the Eau Claire law firm Weld Riley, S.C. At the firm, Behling serves as the firm’s Vice President and chairs Weld Riley’s government and administrative law practice.

Behling previously served as an aide to Governor Tommy Thompson in both Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin, serving as the Governor’s policy advisor on labor, employment and regulatory issues. He also served in the state’s Department of Commerce.

Behling is a member of the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce. His previous board service includes the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation; Angel on My Shoulder, a statewide cancer support foundation; the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation Board; the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund; the Northwest Passage Foundation; and the Wisconsin State Fair Park Youth Foundation.

Behling graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a bachelor of science degree in political science and economics. He received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

 

Term of Appointment: May 2014 – May 2021JDelgado photo

N240W1221 Pewaukee Road
Waukesha, WI 53188
262-893-7964

 

José Delgado oversaw the creation of American Transmission Company (ATC), the first multi-state transmission-only utility in the U.S., serving initially as President and Chief Executive Officer, and later as Executive Chairman of the Board.  He retired from ATC in 2010.  Delgado previously spent 27 years at Wisconsin Electric Power Co., now We Energies, beginning as an electrical engineer and eventually serving as Vice President of Electric System Operations.  He has been a member of many boards, committees, and task forces, including the UW-Milwaukee Chancellor’s Council of Corporate Sponsors and the School of Business Advisory Council.

Delgado earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from UW-Milwaukee.

Regent Lisa EricksonTerm of Appointment:  May 2016 – May 2018

1220 Linden Drive
1867 Van Hise Hall
Madison, WI 53706
lisamarie.erickson@my.uwrf.edu

Lisa Erickson’s career spans 25 years in health, wellness, and food.  She currently is a writer and weekly food columnist for several newspapers and specialty magazines in western Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Previously, she owned Wildchow Catering and hosted the cooking segment of Ron Schara’s weekly TV program, “Minnesota Bound.”

Erickson has been a guest speaker for many organizations and businesses on the topic of healthy lifestyles, including KARE11 TV Sunrise; the Hazelden Foundation’s Women’s Health Conference; Pheasants Forever’s annual National Pheasant Fest; the Fergus Falls Area Outdoors Show; and the New Hope Jeremiah Project in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as many health/wellness fairs and food shows.

Erickson has been active in her local community’s health and wellness initiatives, and has been a member of and ambassador for the Osceola and St. Croix Falls Chambers of Commerce.  She has served as a volunteer lay pregnancy crisis counselor at Tri-County LifeCare Center (TLC) Options for several years.

More recently, after a 26-year hiatus, Erickson decided to return to college and finish her degree in journalism, with a minor in food science.  She attends UW-River Falls, where she also hosts a weekly radio public affairs-food show on WRFW, part of Wisconsin Public Radio.  Erickson and her husband, Mark, have been married for more than 25 years and have four children.

eversEx Officio Member (State Superintendent): July 2009 – Present

Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction
PO Box 7841, 125 South Webster Street
Madison, WI 53707-7841
dpistatesuperintendent@dpi.wi.gov
608-266-1771

 

Dr. Tony Evers was elected to the nonpartisan office of state superintendent of public instruction in April 2009 and re-elected in 2013. Tony has served the students, parents, and citizens of Wisconsin for more than 35 years as an educator. He served as deputy state superintendent from 2001 to 2009. From 1992 to 2001, Tony was the chief administrator of Cooperative Educational Service Agency 6, based in Oshkosh, which serves 42 school districts in east central Wisconsin. Prior to this position, Tony served as superintendent of the Verona and Oakfield school districts, and he was a high school principal, elementary school principal, teacher of gifted and talented children, and technology coordinator in Tomah. Born and raised in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Tony graduated from Plymouth High School, and went on to UW-Madison, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a doctorate in educational administration.

FarrowTerm of Appointment: June 2013 – May 2020

mfarrow@uwsa.edu
414-750-9792

 

Margaret Farrow’s career in government began in Elm Grove Village, first as Village Trustee from 1976 to 1981 and then as President from 1981 to 1987. She was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1986, then to the State Senate in 1989 through a special election, being re-elected in 1990, 1994 and 1998. In May 2001 Farrow was sworn in as Wisconsin’s 42nd Lieutenant Governor. As Lieutenant Governor, she served as chair of the Governor’s Work-Based Learning Board, co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Invasive Species, and chair of the Wisconsin’s Women’s Council. Farrow authored and served as vice chair of the SAVE Commission and was appointed by Governor Thompson to serve on the Governor’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on State-Local Partnerships for the 21st Century, where she worked to advance reform initiatives that reduce the cost of government. Farrow also served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Passenger Rail.

More recently, Farrow has turned her attention to non-profit activities, chairing the Priest Review Board for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the board of WisconsinEye, and helping to create and chairing the Waukesha County Action Network (WCAN). Since receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Education from Marquette University, Farrow has received numerous awards from groups, communities, and her high school and college. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law degree by Marquette University in 2008. Margaret is married to John Farrow; they have five sons, all living in Wisconsin.

Term of Appointment:  June 2015 – May 2022Photo of Michael M. Grebe

Aurora Health Care
750 West Virginia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
414-219-8991
michael.grebe@aurora.org

 

Michael M. Grebe is the Chief Legal Officer for Aurora Health Care, the largest integrated health care system in Wisconsin.

Prior to joining Aurora, Grebe served as executive vice president and general counsel for HUSCO International, Inc., and as a partner and Executive Committee member at Quarles & Brady, providing services in business law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.  He has also served on the boards of various organizations, including Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, the University School of Milwaukee, and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.

A Wisconsin native, Grebe graduated from Dartmouth College and earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Term of Appointment: May 2014 – May 2021Regent Eve Hall

Milwaukee Urban League
435 W. North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53212

 

Dr. Eve M. Hall serves as the President and CEO of the Milwaukee Urban League.  She is a native of Milwaukee, with work experiences in Wisconsin, Florida, and Washington, D.C.  Previously, she served as the President/CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Milwaukee, where she led the renewal of the organization.  Hall also served as Chief Innovation Officer for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, where she spent ten years in various national leadership roles impacting students and university/school district partnerships in several states.  Other past leadership roles include Vice President of Public Affairs for Family Service of Milwaukee; Milwaukee Public Schools School to Work Administrator, reporting to the Superintendent; and Director of Governor Tommy Thompson’s Milwaukee Office.

Hall is the cofounder of the African American Women’s Project Fund, created in 1999 and designed to provide support to organizations supporting the well-being of women and girls.  The over-$200,000 fund is held in the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee.  She earned a B.S. degree in educational psychology from Florida A&M University, a M.S. in administrative leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

Regent Tim HigginsTerm of Appointment: November 2011 – May 2018

ChiRho Services
PO Box 2602,
Appleton, WI 54912-2602
thiggins@uwalumni.com
920-832-9950

 

Tim Higgins, of Appleton, Wisconsin, is the owner and principal of ChiRho Services, a consulting firm that works with health care providers to improve patient outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and reduce total cost of care by promoting understanding and fostering communication among stakeholders.

A community activist dedicated to meeting the needs of the Fox Valley, Higgins serves as a member of the Board of IndUS of Fox Valley, an Indo-American friendship organization organized in 1999 by members of the Fox Valley India Association. He has served on the boards of directors of the Family Service Association of the Fox Valley, United Way Fox Cities, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and the Local Emergency Assistance Valley Evangelical Network (LEAVEN).

Higgins earned an undergraduate degree in economics from UW-Madison in 1977 and later earned a law degree from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law. He has served two terms on the Wisconsin Alumni Association national board and earned the Alumni Advocate of the Year Award in 2005.

Photo of Regent Mike JonesTerm of Appointment: May 2017 – May 2024

Michael Best LLP
100 E. Wisconsin Ave, Suite 300
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 223-2536

mjones@uwsa.edu

 

Mike Jones is Of Counsel with the Michael Best law firm in Milwaukee. He joined the firm in January 2013 after working in a variety of positions at Miller Brewing Company and MillerCoors. Jones joined Miller full time as an attorney in 1984 and went on to serve as senior vice president, general counsel secretary, and a member of the board of directors of Miller Brewing Company. In 2008, he was appointed vice president of corporate affairs for MillerCoors, from which he retired in 2012.

Jones is involved in a number of community and civic organizations, including St. Charles Youth and Family Services Inc. (Board Director), the Milwaukee Academy of Science (Chairman), Black Arts Think Tank (Board Director) and the Wisconsin Club (Board Chair).

Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981 and a Juris Doctorate from Marquette University in 1984.

Regent Tracey KleinTerm of Appointment:  May 2016 – May 2023

tklein@uwsa.edu

 

Tracey L. Klein is a shareholder in Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, S.C., and chair of Reinhart’s Health Care Practice.  Ms. Klein has served as general counsel to acute care hospitals, multi-provider health care systems, multi-specialty clinics, managed care companies and health insurance companies for more than 30 years.  She has experience in regional and national transactions involving health care providers and health insurance companies.

Klein is Board Chair of Milwaukee Film and a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee.  Ms. Klein served as a member of the Board of Visitors of the UW-Madison Political Science Department from 2010 to April 2016 and is also a past member of the advisory board for the College of Health Sciences at UW-Milwaukee.

Klein graduated from UW-Madison in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and received her law degree from Marquette University Law School in 1984.

MillnerTerm of Appointment: May 2012 – May 2019

P.O. Box 167
Madison, WI 53701-0167
rmmillner@uwalumni.com
608-241-8660

 

Regina Millner’s career as a lawyer, consultant, appraiser, and broker in commercial real estate spans more than 30 years. During these years, she founded two consulting companies and worked with public and private sector clients on a variety of complex real estate projects. Millner earned a Juris Doctor 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 Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Millner has served in leadership positions on the boards of several for-profit corporations. Her involvement with UW Madison includes past board chair of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, UW-Madison Athletic Board, Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, Chazen Art Museum Council, and Chancellor’s Advisory Board. Active in the Madison community, she 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).

muellerTerm of Appointment: June 2013 – May 2020

8 Classic Circle
Madison, WI 53719
jmueller@uwsa.edu

 

Janice Mueller served the state of Wisconsin for almost 35 years, including directing the work of the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau as Wisconsin State Auditor from 1998 to 2011. Prior to her appointment as State Auditor, she served in various roles at the Legislative Audit Bureau, as a fiscal analyst at the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, and as an assistant to the director of the state’s Medical Assistance program. Mueller has also contributed to many national, state, and local professional organizations.

Mueller earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Michigan University and completed a management and leadership skills development program from the Legislative Staff Management Institute at the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Regent Drew PetersenRegent Vice President

Term of Appointment: May 2015 – May 2022
Ex Officio Member (WTCS Board President): 2013-2015

TDS Telecommunications Corp.
525 Junction Road, Suite 7000
Madison, WI 53717
andrew.petersen@tdstelecom.com
608-664-4155

 

Andrew “Drew” Petersen currently serves as VP-External Affairs and Corporate Communications for TDS Telecom (TDS), the seventh largest wireline telecommunications company in the United States, with headquarters in Madison, Wis.  Petersen directs the nationwide corporate communications, legislative, regulatory, public relations and charitable giving operations for TDS.  He also serves as the chief corporate spokesperson for TDS.

Petersen is active in the civic community of Madison and the state of Wisconsin.  His professional and community leadership includes serving as an at-large member of the American Cable Association Board of Directors and Director for Park Bank, the longest serving community bank and financial institution in Madison, Wisconsin.  He is past president of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board of Directors, the Madison Club and the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association Board of Directors.

Petersen earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Leadership Studies from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin.  He and his wife, Laura Imhoff Petersen, and their children live in the Town of Middleton.

Photo of Regent Ryan RingTerm of Appointment: May 2017 – May 2019

RINGRL6709@uwec.edu

 

Ryan L. Ring is a student at UW-Eau Claire, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Political Science. On campus he has been active in student government, Campus Ambassadors, and as a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.

Ring served on the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate for two years. He has served on many commissions and committees, including Finance, Information Technology, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Student Office of Sustainability. He also regularly volunteers at the Bolton Refuge House in Eau Claire, which provides assistance to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

After graduation, Ring hopes to become a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Ring is a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin where he graduated from Bay Port High School in 2015.

Regent Bryan SteilTerm of Appointment:  May 2016 – May 2023

Regal Beloit Corporation
200 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

bryansteil@uwalumni.com

 

Bryan G. Steil, of Janesville, Wisconsin, is corporate counsel at Regal Beloit Corporation.  Regal is a leading manufacturer of motors and motion control products with annual sales of over $3.5 billion and facilities across Wisconsin and the globe.

Prior to joining Regal, Steil worked as an attorney at a large international law firm in Chicago and previously served as an aide to Congressman Paul Ryan in Washington, D.C.  He is active with numerous charities in Janesville and Beloit, including serving as chair of the Janesville Community Fund advisory board.

Steil earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Ex Officio Member (WTCS Board President): 2011 – 2013, July 2017 – Present
Ex Officio Member (WTCS Board Designee): July 2015 – July 2017
Photo of Regent S. Mark Tyler

OEM Fabricators, Inc.
300 McMillan Road
Woodville, WI 54028
markt@oemfab.com
(715) 698-2111

 

S. Mark Tyler is founder and president of OEM Fabricators, Inc., a growing contract manufacturer in western Wisconsin. Tyler began his career with a Design Technology Degree from St. Paul TVI in Minnesota.  In 2005, he participated in the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Executive Program, and in May of 2011, he received his MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

Tyler is president of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and chair of the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment.  Other boards and councils on which he has served include: Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce; West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board; Manufacturing Works/Gold Collar Careers; Engineered Propulsion Systems, Inc.; Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley; Success by Six; and the Wisconsin Technology Council.

Tyler has been honored with numerous awards, including the FRCSCV 2014 Volunteer of the Year; 2013 Association for Career and Technical Education, Region 3, Award of Excellence; the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s 2012 Business Friend of Education Award; and the 2007 CL Greiber Award from the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education.  OEM Fabricators received honors for Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year in 2006 and 2012.

Term of Appointment: November 2011 – May 2018Regent Gerald Whitburn

827 Parcher Street
Wausau, WI 54403
715-848-0721

 

Gerald Whitburn is the retired Chairman and CEO of Church Mutual Insurance Company in Merrill, Wisconsin, the nation’s leading insurer of Houses of Worship. He is past Chairman of the Property Casualty Insurers of America, the industry’s largest trade association. Earlier in his career he served as Labor Secretary in Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services in both Wisconsin and Massachusetts, and he worked for six years in the United States Senate.

A native of Merrill, Wisconsin, Whitburn received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from UW-Oshkosh and Master of Arts degree in Political Science from UW-Madison. He has also studied management at the Kennedy School and the Business School at Harvard and at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Whitburn also serves on the board of the River Valley Bank.