Presidents of the Board

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




Regent Vice PresidentRegent John Robert Behling

Dates of Service: May 2012 – May 2019

Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci, S.C.
3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway
Eau Claire, WI 54701


John Robert Behling is an attorney with the Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci law firm in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he advises on regulatory, environmental, zoning, permitting and public relations matters.  Behling recently returned to the firm after a one-year leave of absence from the firm to work as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Smart Sand, Inc.  He has also previously served as an aide to Governor Tommy Thompson in both Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin.

Behling serves on the Board of Directors of the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce.  Past board service includes 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 with a bachelor of science in political science and economics.  He also attended Georgetown University of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.


bradley-full-resDates of Service: May 2003 – May 2017

Ruder Ware, LLSC
P.O. Box 8050
500 First St., Suite 8000
Wausau, WI 54402-8050


Mark J. Bradley is an attorney with the law firm of Ruder Ware, LLSC, with offices in Wausau and Eau Claire. He is past president of the firm and a former member of its Board of Directors. He previously worked for the University of Wisconsin System as a budget analyst and an assistant to the UW System senior vice president. Currently, Bradley is a trustee of the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation, director of the Elwyn J. Remington Foundation and the May Family Foundation, and vice chair and director of the Marshfield Clinic Health System, Inc. He is a graduate of UW-Madison, where he also received a law degree.

Dates of Service: May 2014 – May 2021JDelgado photo

N240W1221 Pewaukee Road
Waukesha, WI 53188


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.

Dates of Service:  May 2016 – May 2018

1220 Linden Drive
1867 Van Hise Hall
Madison, WI 53706

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.

eversService Began: July 2009

Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction
PO Box 7841, 125 South Webster Street
Madison, WI 53707-7841


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.

FarrowDates of Service: June 2013 – May 2020


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.

Dates of Service:  June 2015 – May 2022Photo of Michael M. Grebe

Aurora Health Care
750 West Virginia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53234


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.

Dates of Service: 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 HigginsDates of Service: November 2011 – May 2018

ChiRho Services
PO Box 2602,
Appleton, WI 54912-2602


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.

Regent Tracey KleinDates of Service:  May 2016 – May 2023


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.

Dates of Service:  June 2015 – May 2017Regent James A. Langnes III


James A. Langnes III is a student at UW-Whitewater, majoring in Finance. He has served in student government and is a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. He also serves as a Councilmember on the City of Whitewater Common Council.

Langnes has interned with the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and has volunteered in the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office. His various other volunteer experiences include working with programs that serve youth with mental and physical disabilities.

Upon graduation, Langnes hopes to attend the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is a graduate of Badger High School in Lake Geneva.

Regent Edmund Manydeeds III

Dates of Service: May 2010 – May 2017

Richie, Guettinger & Manydeeds, S.C.
PO Box 1457
Eau Claire, WI 54702


Edmund Manydeeds is an attorney with Richie, Guettinger & Manydeeds in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior and received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Manydeeds was appointed by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin to the Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility (now known as the Office of Lawyer Regulation), serving from January 1990 to December 1995. He was reappointed to the Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility during its reconstruction by the Supreme Court, serving from February 3, 2000 to September 30, 2000.

Regent PresidentMillner

Dates of Service: May 2012 – May 2019

P.O. Box 167
Madison, WI 53701-0167


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).

muellerDates of Service: June 2013 – May 2020

8 Classic Circle
Madison, WI 53719


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.

Dates of Service: July 2013 – May 2022

TDS Telecommunications Corp.
525 Junction Road, Suite 7000
Madison, WI 53717


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.

Regent Bryan SteilDates of Service:  May 2016 – May 2023

Regal Beloit Corporation
200 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511


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.

Service Began:  July 2015Photo of Regent S. Mark Tyler

OEM Fabricators, Inc.
300 McMillan Road
Woodville, WI 54028
(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 vice 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.

Dates of Service: November 2011 – May 2018Regent Gerald Whitburn

827 Parcher Street
Wausau, WI 54403


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.