MADISON, Wis. — Regent Gerald Whitburn has resigned from the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, the UW System announced Thursday.

Whitburn notified Gov. Tony Evers and the UW System he is resigning from the board effective immediately.

In a statement, Evers thanked Whitburn for his service and said he "will be missed on the Board of Regents."

Regents President Andrew S. Petersen said Whitburn's commitment was "extraordinary, and his passion and experience will be missed by those who served with him."

UW System President Ray Cross said Whitburn's dedication "has made the UW a better place for student to succeed and more accountable to the public."

Whitburn is a native of Merrill and retired chairman and CEO of Church Mutual Insurance Company in Merrill, which insures houses of worship. The UW System serves about 170,000 students.