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June 13, 2013

MADISON, WI—The Associated Students of Madison’s Chair, David Gardner, responded to Governor Walker’s withdrawal of his recent student regent nominee with the following statement:

“Governor Walker’s recent nomination and withdrawal of a UW-Platteville student to the UW System Board of Regents highlights the overly politicized nature of the appointment process that has plagued not only this administration but all previous administrations. UW System regents should be those individuals qualified and knowledgeable enough to hold UW administrators accountable to the public.

“ASM has been working on this issue, and strongly supports a fix to this problem: mandate student vetting of student candidates prior to the Governor’s selection of a nominee, as is done in most other states. The bipartisan bill to accomplish this, SB 157, would change just one word in state law, mandating, rather than permitting, the Governor to select a nominee from those already put forth by elected student government representatives.

“Students need to be a part of this process to ensure student issues are represented in the Board of Regents, not partisan ones.”

Please call the Governor today at 608-266-1212 and ask him to support SB 157 in order to take the partisan politics out of UW System oversight.


Please direct all press inquiries to Grace Bolt at 763-291-2711.


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