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Madison – Today Governor Scott Walker announced the appointments of Tim Higgins, Gary Roberts, and Gerald Whitburn to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.

Tim Higgins, Appleton, has owned and operated ChiRho Services, a healthcare management company since 2008 and has a distinguished career in the healthcare and insurance industry. Mr. Higgins earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Juris Doctor from the IIT Chicago- Kent College of Law. Mr. Higgins was a board member of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Higgins also served on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

“I am impressed with the work Tim has done in the Fox Valley,” said Governor Walker.  “As a community leader, he will make a fantastic Regent and will serve the students, faculty, and UW-System well.” 

Gary Roberts, Onalaska, has served as president and chief executive officer of the Morrison Creek Cranberry Corporation since 1986.  Mr. Roberts also owned and operated Piggy’s Restaurant in La Crosse from 1977 – 2001.  Mr. Roberts earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Mr. Roberts served in the La Crosse Chamber of Commerce and as the Chairman in 1994.

“It is important for the Board of Regents to have Western Wisconsin representation,” said Governor Walker.  “Gary has been actively involved in his community for years.  I’m confident he will use his experiences to help improve the UW-System.”

Gerald Whitburn, Wausau, served as chief executive officer of Church Mutual Insurance Company from 2001 – 2010.  Mr. Whitburn also held two cabinet positions in Wisconsin state government, serving as secretary of the Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations from 1989 – 1991, and as secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services from 1991 – 1995.  Mr. Whitburn earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and his Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Mr. Whitburn has also been involved with the North Central Tech College Foundation.

“Gerry has been an advocate for Central Wisconsin residents for years in both the public and private sector,” said Governor Walker. “The knowledge, experience, and education he brings to the Board as a UW system double degree holder will be an asset to the whole state.” 

The UW System Board of Regents is an 18 member board.  The governor of Wisconsin appoints 14 citizen members and 2 student members to serve 7 year terms and 2 year terms, respectively.  Their appointments are subject to confirmation by the Wisconsin State Senate.