Evers puts his mark on the UW System Board of Regents

    Gov. Tony Evers appoints three new members to the UW System Board of Regents effective immediately 6/1/20

    During a May meeting of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, two of the three regents appointed by former Gov. Scott Walker whose terms had expired May 1 participated in the meeting and voted, leading to criticism of Gov. Tony Evers for not having named their replacements. 

    Today Evers made three appointments he said were “effective immediately” ahead of the next board meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 4. The board will be meeting via video conferencing at 8:45 am. Agendas include topics tied to budget, new Title IX Regulations, capital plans, Madison’s research response to COVID-19  — all in committees. The full board will discuss and vote on the 2020-21 annual operating budget and tuition and fee schedules for the UW System. The board will also elect its officers for the coming year before going into closed session at 12:45 pm.

    The new regents and the bios provided by Evers’ office are: 

    Amy Bogost
    Amy Bogost

    Regent Bogost received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin— Madison before continuing on to earn her law degree. Bogost has most recently focused her practice on ensuring justice for survivors of sexual violence, establishing trainings for attorneys to help aid survivors of sexual assault on campuses and has worked with high schools, colleges, and tribal colleges on the implementation of Title IX procedures.”

    Corey Safford headshot
    Corey Safford
    Corey Safford

    “Regent Saffold is one of two UW System students on the Board of Regents, serving as the non-traditional student representation. In addition to attending the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater, where he studies Criminology, Saffold serves as a Security Coordinator in the Verona Area School District.”

    headshot Kyle Weatherly
    Kyle Weatherly
    Kyle Weatherly

    “Regent Weatherly is the CEO and Co-Founder of Frontdesk, one of the largest and fastest-growing home-sharing companies in the United States, and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin — Madison where he received his MPA in Public Management.”

    “Just like the rest of our state, the UW System is facing some unprecedented challenges as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s financial and academic impacts on our campuses,” Evers said. “I am confident in these three regents and their ability to tackle the challenges ahead of us and ensure the continued success of not only the System, but of the Wisconsin Idea.”

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    Melanie Conklin
    Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.