Wisconsin Governor Vetoes Bill on Regent Seats

December 15, 2009

Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin has vetoed a bill that would have created districts for some members of the Board of Regents for the state. The bill was pushed by legislators who said it was important to promote geographic diversity on the board. But Governor Doyle, in his veto message, disagreed. Geographic districts "would encourage the appointment of regents whose primary job is to advocate narrowly for the needs of campuses located in their home districts rather than to address how to most efficiently and effectively serve the broader expectations of Wisconsin taxpayers, businesses and students," he said. In turn, such appointments might encourage more duplication of academic programs and could "hamper the board's ability to eliminate underutilized programs, reallocate resources between campuses and address the evolving educational needs of our workforce."

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