For Immediate Release
March 21, 2008
Matt Stohr, Director
ETF Communications Office
Department Announces Board Election Results
MADISON, (Wis.) – Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF)
Secretary David Stella is pleased to announce the results of two
Teachers Retirement Board elections conducted among Wisconsin Retirement
System (WRS) participant groups. The results are as follows:
Retirement Board Election
|Retired Teacher participant seat
||Lon Mishler (inc.)
|Technical College Instructor participant seat
||R. Thomas Pedersen (inc.)
Retired Teachers Re-elect Mishler
Retired WRS teachers re-elected Lon Mishler to serve on the Board.
Mishler, of De Pere, retired from Northeast Wisconsin Technical
College, where he worked as a finance instructor. He was first elected
to serve on the Board in this capacity in 2003. In January of this
year, the Department mailed more than 60,000 ballots to retired
WRS teachers. Mishler was one of six candidates. There were nearly
19,000 total votes cast and Mishler won with approximately 45% of
the total vote.
Technical College Instructors Re-elect Pedersen
Instructors of Wisconsin Technical College School districts re-elected
R. Thomas Pedersen to serve on the Board. Pedersen, who was first
elected to the Board in 2003, is an employee of Wisconsin Indianhead
Technical College-New Richmond. The Department distributed 5,553
ballots in January to all WRS covered technical college instructors.
Pederson was one of two candidates and won with approximately 61%
of the total vote.
About the Teachers Retirement Board
The 13-member Teachers Retirement Board primarily plays an advisory
role in the administration of WRS benefits involving public school,
technical, state and university teachers. The Board also acts on
administrative rules and authorizes or terminates teacher disability
benefits and hears disability benefit appeals. Nine of the 13 members
are directly elected to the board.