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UW Regents meet at UW-La Crosse for first time in 5 years

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The people making decisions for the entire UW System gathered Thursday in La Crosse.

The Board of Regents met on the UW-La Crosse campus for the first time in five years. Along with the regents, about 100 administrators from other U-W campuses are also in town.

The group is spending the two day meeting discussing a number of budget issues.

UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow says this is a great opportunity to showcase the numerous changes that have happened on campus in the last five years. "We've had some great improvements in our facilities, some major building projects, also have added a lot of faculty and staff as a result of our Growth, Quality, and Access program and they approved that five years ago so it's important to say 'here's what we've done with that money,'" said Gow.

The Regents' president is leading his final meeting. Brent Smith of La Crosse announced he will retire at the end of this term.

Smith has served on the Board for nine years and says it's been a great experience. "You hope within this when you do something like this that you contribute and make some kind of difference, even though this is a huge system with a lot of different moving parts that you hope in some respect that you've contributed," said Smith.

Smith says he has plenty of things outside education to keep himself busy.

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