Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session

Pending Legislation

AB 158

Adds a nontraditional student regent.

Full Description

(Lamb) Adds a nontraditional student regent.

Referred to: Colleges and Universities Committee.

UW System Position

OPPOSE: The Legislature and the Governor should have the prerogative to change the appointment process and membership to the Board of Regents.

The UW System does, however, have the following concerns:

  1. Adding a Regent would bring the total number of Regents to 18, potentially resulting in tie votes on issues.
  2. Adding a regent for the purpose of encouraging representation for a particular student group would encourage other groups to seek a Regent for their interests.
  3. This legislation creates two student-specific regent positions. A possibility exists that each stakeholder group could seek a regent from their own constituency -- i.e. a faculty representative, an academic staff representative, a donor, etc. -- instead of regents who consider all segments of the university populations in their decision-making.
  4. The bill significantly narrows the pool from which the Governor may select the regents. This bill would require the committee of representatives of elected student governments throughout System, as well as representatives of the Governor, to recommend and forward three "student" choices. The wording of the bill is ambiguous, but it appears the Governor needs to pick both the traditional and nontraditional students from these three nominees.