Gov. Scott Walker withdrew the appointment of UW–Platteville student Joshua Inglett as the traditional student representative on the UW System Board of Regents today.
Inglett's appointment was announced Monday.
“I’m pleased to appoint Joshua to the UW System Board of Regents,” said Walker in the news release. “The student’s perspective is especially vital to the effectiveness of the Board of Regents, and I know he will serve the UW System and his fellow students well.”
After Inglett's appointment was announced, conservative groups reported that Inglett had signed a petition to recall Walker in late 2011.
“We are very disappointed,” said Mike Mickelson, a staffer for Rep. Steve Nass (R–Whitewater), chair of the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities, to the Media Trackers website. “The Board of Regents are a part of the problem. Putting opponents of yours in that position is a bad decision.”
The Right Wisconsin website reported earlier today that Inglett “expressed support for Walker and his agenda” during pre-appointment interviews, but did not say that he had signed the recall petition.
Right Wisconsin quoted unnamed Walker administration sources as saying that Inglett's nomination was withdrawn not just because Inglett had signed the petition, but also because “he was not forthcoming.” The website reported that other administration nominees had signed recall petitions.
“Joshua Inglett would have made a fine representative on the UW System Board of Regents,” said UW–Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields in a statement this afternoon. “Joshua is an outstanding young man, majoring in engineering physics at UW–Platteville. He exemplifies the values of high academic standards, strong leadership skills, entrepreneurial spirit and campus engagement we expect from our student body. We are proud to call him ours.”
The Platteville Journal and swnews4u.com will have more on this story next week.