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Two UW System Regents’ terms expire as replacements remain unknown

University of Wisconsin System Regents Michael M. Grebe and Andrew S. Petersen's terms expire on May 1, 2022, but new nominations for their positions have yet to be publicly released.  

The Board of Regents of the UW System consists of 18 members. Fourteen citizen members get appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate for seven-year staggered terms. All service on the Board of Regents is voluntary and Regents do not get paid for their work. 

Board members establish the mission of each institution and determine the educational programs offered. These members also appoint chancellors of each UW university and other UW System employees. 

The regents selected to replace Grebe and Petersen will have a direct impact on the UW System and Wisconsin as a whole. 

Gov. Tony Ever's office and the UW System did not comment on potential board nominees and directed all questions to an informational document on the system prepared by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

The governor is required to appoint Regents from each of the state’s congressional districts. Grebe represents Congressional District 6 and Petersen represents Congressional District 2. The new nominees must be able to replace representation for Districts 2 and 6. 

Grebe is the Chief Legal Officer of Aurora Health Care and a UW-Madison Law School graduate. Petersen serves as the Senior Vice President of Corporate affairs for TDS Telecom and earned his Master in Business from UW-Madison. 

As both regents have strong ties with the UW Educational system, their replacements will also likely have standing strong relations with the UW system and its schools. 

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