The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has elected a new president, UW Law School alumnus Brent Smith '78. The Board of Regents oversees all 26 two- and four-year UW System campuses, approves budgets and sets tuition and admission standards.
Smith, who has served on the 18-member governing board for eight years, completed a one-year term as the Board's vice president before taking office as president. He has also served on the State Public Defender Board and the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission for Federal Judges.
Besides Smith, two other Law School alumni joined the Board in May, John Behling '00 and Regina Millner '85. Behling and Millner were both appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Scott Walker and unanimously confirmed by the Wisconsin State Senate.
Behling is vice president at Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci, SC, in Eau Claire and previously worked as an aide to former Governor Tommy Thompson.
Millner serves on the UW-Madison Athletic Board, the Chazen Art Museum Council and Wisconsin Museum Task Force.
A number of Law School graduates have gone on to serve as Regents. Smith, Behling and Millner join three other Law School alumni currently on the Board. Throughout the Board's 196-member history, 42 alumni have been appointed Regents. Over the years, eleven of the 23 Regent presidents have been Law School graduates.
Submitted by Law School News on November 17, 2012