Evers appoints three to UW System Board of Regents

MADISON, Wis. — Governor Evers appointed three people to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents Wednesday.

Dana Wachs, Jennifer Staton and Angela Adams will replace Michael Grebe, Andrew Petersen and Corey Saffold, whose terms ended on Sunday.

“Our UW System is not only critical for bolstering our state’s workforce and economy, but it also provides opportunities for students from all walks of life to develop new skills and meet their potential,” Evers said in a statement. “The wide-ranging experiences that these folks hold will be invaluable to the overall governance of the UW System.”

The three new regents’ futures could hinge on the next gubernatorial election. The Republican-led Senate has not confirmed several of Evers’ picks to serve on the board, meaning their appointments could be withdrawn if he does not win re-election.

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Wachs is a lawyer from Eau Claire and represented the 91st District in the State Assembly from 2013 to 2019. He served on the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities during his time in the legislature.

“It is truly an honor to be appointed to the Board of Regents,” Wachs said. “Our UW System is the pride of this state, and I look forward to helping it flourish.”

Staton will be one of two UW students to serve on the board. She studies applied health sciences at UW-Parkside. She also served in the Army from 2007 to 2014 and was a combat medic in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Non-traditional students have often been excluded from the decision-making table and left out of consideration,” Staton said. “I look forward to sharing my unique perspectives and uplifting the voices of my fellow non-traditional students.”

Adams is the chief communications and diversity officer at Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago. She previously worked with Ascension Wisconsin, Johnson Controls and Pfizer.

“Cultivating and creating access to a world-class education system that produces a workforce representative of our broader community is paramount for our state and region to thrive,” Adams said. “I am honored to accept this appointment.”

Adams is also a board member with Froedtert Hospital and other groups in the Milwaukee area.