Board of Regents
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The Board of Regents is the 18-member governing board of the University of Wisconsin System, performing duties such as the appointment of chancellors, approval of university budgets and crafting of admission standards.
According to its bylaws, the governor of Wisconsin appoints 18 regents to the board, two of whom are students. Student regents serve two-year terms and the other members serve seven-year terms.
Several officers are elected to serve one-year terms at the board's annual meeting in June:
- Vice President
- Assistant secretaries (when needed)
- Trust Officer
- Assistant Trust Officers (when needed)
The Board of Regents meets in Madison (unless decided otherwise) on the Friday after the first Monday of each month, except in September when the meeting occurs at a later Friday. Special meetings can also be called by the president or five Regents. A majority of the regents must be present to meet quorum for a meeting.
Six committees serve the board:
- Education Committee
- Business, Finance and Audit Committee
- Capital Planning and Budget Committee
- Executive Committee
- Personnel Matters Review Committee
- Committee on Student Discipline and Student Governance Appeals
- Plus ad hoc committees as necessary
Topics voted on by the Board of Regents, if approved, then go on to the state Legislature for final approval.
Under state statutes, the Board of Regents is charged with responsibilities that include the following:
- Protect the lives, health and safety of people on its property
- Manage custody and other ownership issues associated with its land, buildings and other possessions
- Manage campus police authority
- Determine admissions policies
- Manage facets of UW System financial aid
In October of 2009, the Board of Regents was sued by Brothers Bar & Grill, a bar on the University of Wisconsin campus. The bar is alleging the board was unfair in its condemnation of the bar's building, which is the planned site of a UW music building.
In late 2009, a bill passed the state Legislature that would have changed the way regents are selected by splitting the state into seven districts with one regent being required to come from each district. Gov. Jim Doyle vetoed the bill.