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Professors Object To Political Appointments At Proposed UW Think Tank

Legislators Would Choose Majority Of Tommy Thompson Center Board

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University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty want the state Legislature’s budget-writing committee to rework the leadership structure for the newly proposed Tommy Thompson Center, a conservative think tank on the campus.

According to The Cap Times, a lobbying group for campus professors sent a letter to the Joint Finance Committee co-chairs Tuesday objecting to the committee’s design of the center’s leadership board.

Under the JFC plan, majority leaders in the state Senate and Assembly, would appoint four of the seven members. The board would collectively appoint the think tank’s director.

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The professors’ lobbying group wrote that the setup is “contrary to the intent of shared governance.”