UW Regent, Longtime Utilities Executive José Delgado Dies

Delgado Oversaw Creation Of American Transmission Company

Van Hise Hall
Van Hise Hall towers above the rest of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus as the winter sun begins to set on Feb. 11, 2014. The UW-System is housed within Van Hise. Jeff Miller/UW-Madison

José Delgado, longtime Wisconsin utilities executive and member of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, has died.

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Before his time with ATC, Delgado spent 27 years at Wisconsin Electric Power Company, now known as We Energies.

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Delgado earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University as well as a master’s degree in business administration from UW-Milwaukee.

In a statement announcing Delgado’s death Monday, UW Board of Regents President Drew Petersen said Delgado was a “Wisconsin leader.”

“While serving on the Board of Regents since 2014, Regent Delgado was a champion of higher education as a way to improve lives and communities in Wisconsin while holding the UW System accountable,” said Petersen.

The cause of death was not released.

He died over the weekend, UW System interim President Tommy Thompson said during a Wisconsin Public Forum event Monday afternoon.