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The University of Wisconsin System’s governing board unanimously elected a new president and vice president Friday.

The UW System Board of Regents elected Drew Petersen to be its next president, a position that means he will determine committee memberships, sign contracts and represent the Regents in front of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the state Legislature during his one-year term.

Petersen, 47, of Middleton, was appointed to the board by former Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2015 and has served as the board’s vice president since 2017.

He is senior vice president of corporate affairs for TDS Telecom, a telecommunications company headquartered in Madison. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ripon College and a master of business administration degree from UW-Madison.

The Regents also elected Michael Grebe to serve as the board’s vice president.

The 18-member board elected the officers at a meeting Friday on UW-Milwaukee’s campus.

Outgoing president John Robert Behling’s term ended May 1.

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Kelly Meyerhofer covers higher education for the Wisconsin State Journal. She can be reached at 608-252-6106 or kmeyerhofer@madison.com.