In a press release Friday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers today announced three appointments to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. In addition to reappointing Regent John W. Miller, the governor has appointed Dr. Ashok Rai and Brianna Tucker. These appointments fill the vacancies created by the expiration of two former appointees’ terms on May 1, 2021, including one of two UW System students on the Board of Regents.
“Our universities and technical colleges systems have a proud and proven history of not only preparing students to enter the workforce but of generating billions of dollars of economic activity across our state. As we work to ensure our state recovers and bounces back better than before this pandemic hit, we need to be supporting and investing in our UW campuses and students and our state’s future,” Evers said in a statement. “So I am thrilled to be appointing these folks to the Board of Regents today to ensure we can continue bouncing back, supporting our kids and our educators, and making sure the UW System remains the gem of our state.”
Regent Rai currently serves as the CEO and President of Prevea Health, a position he has held since 2009, and he continues to practice medicine and care for patients at Woodside Lutheran Nursing Home in Green Bay. Since 2001, he has held several positions at Prevea Health, including serving as the Associate Medical Director of Operations from 2005 to 2006 and as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President from 2006 to 2009. Additionally, from 2003 to 2005, Rai worked at the HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay. He obtained his undergraduate degree from UW-Milwaukee and his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Rai a very active member of his community and various healthcare organizations. He has served as the chair of the American Medical Group Association Board, is a member of the American College of Physicians, the UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Council of Trustees, Downtown Green Bay, Inc., and the Automobile Gallery, and serves as the chairman of the board for the Weidner Center. He was named one of the most influential Asian American leaders in Wisconsin last year.
Regent Tucker will serve as one of two UW System students on the Board of Regents, serving as the traditional student member representation. She is a freshman at UW-Stevens Point where she studies political science and Spanish. She is an Honors Program student and a member of the Latino Student Alliance and Student Government Association. Tucker serves as a senator for the College of Letters and Sciences and sits on the Inclusivity Affairs Committee, Diversity Council, and chairs the Parking Advisory Board.
In addition to these two new appointments to the Board, the governor also reappointed Regent Miller who was appointed earlier this year after the unexpected passing of Regent José Delgado whose term also would have expired May 1, 2021.