For the first time, the positions of president and vice president of the University of Wisconsin System’s Board of Regents are held by women after the board elected its new leadership in Milwaukee on Friday.

Karen Walsh has become the third woman to lead the Board of Regents since the UW System was established more than 50 years ago, succeeding 1980-1982 president Joyce Erdman and 2015-2017 president Regina Millner.

Walsh was uncontested in the election. She said the selection of two women to lead the board is historic.

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