UW board of regents would have members from all parts of the state under Assembly bill

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The University of Wisconsin's governing body would have members from all parts of the state under a bill endorsed by an Assembly committee Wednesday.

The colleges' panel voted 8-4 for a bill that makes the Board of Regents have at least one member from each of seven geographic areas in the state.

Rep. Jeff Smith, D-Eau Claire, wrote the bill.

He said his area has not had a regent for over 30 years, except for student members.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student Aaron Wingad is on the panel. There's a similar bill in the Senate, and it was recently endorsed by its higher education committee.