Two Republican candidates for governor said that if elected they would recall and replace all of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ unconfirmed appointees to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.
Both former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and former U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson said they’d install their own regents. The plan would allow the potential Republican governor to replace at least half of the body that sets policy for the system’s campuses, giving power of the board back to the party that has regularly been hostile to higher education in the state.
The 18-member board is set up so that regents serve staggered seven-year terms, but the state Senate has consistently refused to confirm Evers’ appointees, meaning that if a Republican governor is elected, they can install their own regents. The Senate has not confirmed nine of Evers’ 11 regent appointees.