Gov. Tony Evers announced on Monday the appointment of Dr. Joan M. Prince to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.
“Dr. Prince has an impressive and trailblazing career, including earning four degrees from UW-Milwaukee,” said Gov. Evers in a statement. “From working on her doctorate to her time as an associate professor and vice chancellor to serving at the United Nations, she will bring a wealth of experience and insights to the Board and a deep appreciation for the work of students, faculty, and staff across the System.”
The appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Tracey Klein.
Prince is a Milwaukee native and the first African American to hold undergraduate and graduate degrees in clinical laboratory medicine with a specialty in flow cytometry and hematology and a doctorate in medical science education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She served as the vice chancellor of global inclusion and engagement and as an associate professor in biomedical sciences at her alma mater from 2000 to 2021.
In 2012, Dr. Prince was nominated by former President Barack Obama to the U.N. General Assembly as a public delegate with the honorary rank of ambassador, according to a press release from the governor’s office, where she worked closely with U.N. committees and related organizations, such as UNICEF and U.N. Women, and delivered policy statements on behalf of the United States regarding the education of women and girls, among other humanitarian issues.
“After having the privilege and honor of receiving four degrees from the University of Wisconsin System, I know firsthand the level of academic excellence as well as the life-changing impact that this distinguished institution has on all that pass through its doors,” said Prince. “It will be my honor and privilege to serve and support the facility, staff, and students on behalf of our state.”