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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

 11:37 AM 

Farrow, Mueller appointments to Board of Regents approved

The Senate has approved the appointment of former Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow and former state auditor Janice Mueller as members of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Both positions were approved unanimously, with Sen. Paul Farrow, R-Pewaukee, recusing himself on the vote for his mother.

Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, spoke highly of Farrow and Mueller, saying that they were "no shrinking violets, they're no placeholders."

Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, also praised Mueller.

"I'm excited because everybody knows that Miss Mueller is exception based on her abilities in running some of our other departments," Taylor said.

Democrats did note that Mueller's appointment might help understand the true nature of UW's reserves. The revelation of those reserves that to a tuition freeze and the elimination of additional GPR funding originally set aside for UW in the governor's budget.

Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, also made reference to the withdrawn appointment of Joshua Inglett, saying that Farrow was a perfectly qualified individual to be a regent and that it wouldn't have mattered whether or not she signed a recall petition. Senate President Mike Ellis did occasionally have to direct him to focus comments on the appointments at hand, not Inglett.


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