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MILWAUKEE, Wis. – By unanimous vote, Regent John Robert Behling of Eau Caire was today re-elected President of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, and Regent Drew Petersen of Middleton was re-elected to serve as Vice President of the Board. Both positions have a one-year term.

Behling has served on the Board since 2012. Behling is the first Regents’ president from the Chippewa Valley area, where he is an attorney with the Eau Claire law firm Weld Riley, S.C. At the firm, Behling serves as the firm’s Vice President and chairs Weld Riley’s government and administrative law practice. Behling graduated from UW-River Falls with a bachelor of science in economics, and he is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Petersen is the Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Communications for TDS Telecom (TDS), the seventh largest wireline telecommunications company in the United States, with headquarters in Madison. Regent Petersen was appointed to the Board in 2013. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from UW-Madison and Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Leadership Studies from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin.

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