Contact: Tom Evenson, (608) 266-2839
Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced the appointments of Mike Jones and Bob Atwell to the University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents today. The appointments are the two citizen members.

“We look forward to the leadership of Mike and Bob and thank them for their willingness to serve in this capacity,” Governor Walker said. “Their diverse experience and expertise will be valuable additions to the UW System Board of Regents.”

Mike Jones is currently a counsel at Michael Best & Friedrich focusing on corporate governance. He previously served 30 years at Miller Coors, starting as an intern and eventually becoming Vice President of Corporate Affairs. He currently serves on boards for the Milwaukee Academy of Science and the St. Charles Youth and Family Services, in addition to other community involvements. Jones received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UW-Madison and Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University Law School.

Bob Atwell is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. Previously, he served in various leadership positions with Associated Bank and First Wisconsin (U.S. Bank). He currently serves on the board of directors for the Hospital Sisters Health System. Atwell received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Beloit College and a Masters of Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management.

The UW System Board of Regents is responsible for establishing policies and rules for governing the UW System, planning to meet future needs for collegiate education, setting admission standards and policies, reviewing and approving university budgets, and establishing the regulatory framework within which the individual units are allowed to operate with as great a degree of autonomy as possible. Board members attend eight regular meetings per year, serve on special committees, serve as liaisons with at least two UW institutions, and perform related duties.

The UW System Board of Regents is comprised of 18 members. The Governor of Wisconsin appoints 14 citizen members and 2 student members to serve 7-year terms and 2-year terms, respectively. These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Wisconsin State Senate.

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