UW-Platteville welcomes UW System Board of Regents member Farrow

November 6, 2013
Chancellor Dennis J. Shields and Margaret Farrow

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Margaret Farrow, member of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, visited the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Nov. 4. Farrow was on campus to meet students, faculty and staff and to discuss the university’s mission statement.

Chancellor Dennis J. Shields hosted Farrow on a tour of campus, before she met with various groups at the Markee Pioneer Student Center.

“I came away from my meetings and was blown away,” she said of the UW-Platteville atmosphere.

Farrow discussed the work of the regents to find a replacement for outgoing UW System president Kevin Reilly. Farrow is one of the six members on the selection committee.

She also discussed budget issues and addressed questions posed by the students, faculty and staff. “An intelligent person doesn’t know everything, but an intelligent person knows where to find the answers,” said Farrow.

Farrow urged students to get involved in local politics and serve on community boards and councils. “You are all going to be leaders when you leave here,” she said.

The final meeting of the day was an open forum to discuss the university’s mission statement, which will be up for approval by the regents in December. “We need to know where we are going and how to get there,” said Chancellor Shields. “We want this to be a living, breathing thing.”

“It’s really well done,” said Farrow, referencing the mission statement. “It’s so concise.”

Farrow’s career in government began in Elm Grove Village, Wis., first as village trustee from 1976 to 1981 and then as president from 1981 to 1987.  She was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1986, then to the State Senate in 1989 through a special election, being re-elected in 1990, 1994 and 1998.  In May 2001, Farrow was sworn in as Wisconsin’s 42nd lieutenant governor. As lieutenant governor, she served as chair of the Governor’s Work-Based Learning Board, co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Invasive Species, and chair of the Wisconsin’s Women’s Council. Farrow authored and served as vice chair of the SAVE Commission and was appointed by Governor Tommy Thompson to serve on the Governor’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on State-Local Partnerships for the 21st Century, where she worked to advance reform initiatives that reduce the cost of government. Farrow also served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Passenger Rail.

More recently, Farrow has turned her attention to nonprofit activities, chairing the Priest Review Board for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the board of WisconsinEye, and helping to create and chairing the Waukesha County Action Network. 

Written by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu


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