Regents of the University of California

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Regents of the University of California
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Seal of the University of California
Governing board overview
Type State university system governing board
Jurisdiction Government of California
Headquarters Oakland, California, United States
Governing board executives
Website Regents website

The Regents of the University of California is the governing board of the University of California system. Chartered by the California Constitution, the board has 26 voting members.

The California Constitution grants broad institutional autonomy, with limited exceptions, to the Regents. According to article IX, section 9, "The University shall be entirely independent of all political or sectarian influence and kept free therefrom in the appointment of its regents and in the administration of its affairs."

As with almost all other public university systems nationwide, the board of regents is treated as the real party in interest for all purposes under California law.[1][2] All actions of the university are done in their name, all degrees are conferred in their name, all UC property is held in their name (and is marked by signs indicating "Property of the Regents of the University of California"), all bank accounts are held in their name (and all checks must be written as payable to "UC Regents"), and all lawsuits involving the University always refer specifically to the regents. This is notable because most corporations (especially private ones) are treated by the law as a legal entity separate from their boards and employees, and lawsuits against them are addressed to the corporation or university itself, not its board of directors or trustees.[citation needed]

Administrative support is provided to the Regents by the Office of the Secretary of the Regents of the University of California, which shares an office building with the UC Office of the President in Oakland.[citation needed]


The majority of the board (18 Regents) is appointed via nomination by the Governor of California and confirmation by the California State Senate to 12-year terms. One student Regent is appointed by the Board for a one-year term. The remaining 7 Regents are ex officio members. They are the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the State Assembly, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, president and vice president of the Alumni Associations of UC, and president of the University of California.

The Board also has two non-voting faculty representatives. The incoming student Regent serves as a non-voting Regent-designate from the date of selection (usually between July and October) until beginning their formal term the following July 1.

The vast majority of the Regents appointed by the Governor historically have consisted of lawyers, politicians and businessmen.[3] Over the past two decades, it has been common that UC Regents appointees have donated relatively large sums of money either directly to the Governor's election campaigns or indirectly to party election groups.[4][5]


Current members

Originally appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson:

  • Russell S. Gould (provisional appointment made by Gov. Wilson in June 1998;[6] served as a Regent from July 1998 to January 1999 without being confirmed by the senate;[7][8] nomination withdrawn by newly elected Gov. Davis in Jan. 1999;[9] appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2005;[10][11] term expires March 1, 2017)

Originally appointed by Gov. Gray Davis:

  • Sherry L. Lansing (appointed 1999; reappointed 2010; term expires March 1, 2022)[12]
  • Monica Lozano (Chairman) (appointed 2001; resigned 2013; reappointed in 2014 by Jerry Brown, reappointment confirmed on Aug. 22, 2014, term expires March 1, 2022)[13]
  • Norman J. Pattiz (appointed 2001; reappointed 2003; reappointed in 2014 by Jerry Brown, reappointment confirmed on Aug. 22, 2014, term expires March 1, 2026)[13]
  • Richard C. Blum (appointed 2002; reappointed in 2014 by Jerry Brown, reappointment confirmed on Aug. 22, 2014, term expires March 1, 2026)[13]

Originally appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger:

  • Frederick Ruiz (Vice Chair) (appointed 2004; term expires March 1, 2016)
  • Paul Wachter (appointed 2004; term expires March 1, 2016)
  • Eddie Island (appointed 2005; term expires March 1, 2017)
  • William De La Peña, M.D. (appointed 2006; term expires March 1, 2018)
  • Bruce D. Varner (appointed 2006; term expires March 1, 2018)[14]
  • Bonnie Reiss (appointed 2008; term expires March 1, 2020)
  • Hadi Makarechian (appointed 2008; term expires March 1, 2020)
  • Charlene Zettel (appointed 2009; term expires March 1, 2021)
  • George Kieffer (appointed 2009; term expires March 1, 2021)

Originally appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown:

  • Richard Sherman (appointed 2014, appointment confirmed on Aug. 22, 2014; term expires March 1, 2025)[13]
  • Eloy Ortiz Oakley (appointed 2014; term expires March 1, 2024)
  • John Pérez (appointed 2014; term expires March 1, 2024)
  • Gareth Elliott (appointed 2015; 2025 term expires March 1, 2025)

Student Regent:

  • Abraham (Avi) Oved (term expires June 30, 2016)[15]

Ex officio Regents


Regents-designate are non-voting participants who are scheduled to transition to full board membership at later date.

  • Harvey Brody (given alumni Regent-designate status 2015; designate status expires June 30, 2016)
  • Cynthia So Schroeder (given alumni Regent-designate status 2015; designate status expires June 30, 2016)
  • Marcela Ramirez (given student Regent-designate status 2015; designate status expires June 30, 2016)

Faculty Representatives to the Regents

Faculty Representatives to the Regents are non-voting participants who may be assigned as representatives to certain committees.

  • Dan Hare (became a representative in 2014; representative status expires August 31, 2016)
  • James Chalfant (became a representative in 2015; representative status expires August 31, 2017)

Notable past Regents

Recent Regents

  • Peter Preuss (1994-1995, 1996-2008, 2011–2012)
  • Odessa P. Johnson (1999-2012)
  • Joanne C. Kozberg (1998-2010)
  • Judith L. Hopkinson (1999-2009)
  • Velma K. Montoya (1994-2005)[21]
  • Thomas S. Sayles (1994-2006)[22]
  • John G. Davies (1992-2004)
  • William T. Bagley (1989-2002)
  • S. Sue Johnson (1988-1989, 1990-2002)
  • S. Stephen Nakashima (1989-2001)
  • Frank W. Clark, Jr. (1980-2000)[23]

Honorary Regents

In its early years, UC had thirteen Honorary Regents, with ten appointed in 1868.[20] "Honorary Regents" were full board members, with the word "Honorary" simply denoting their manner of selection (that is, they were elected to serve on the board by the other board members, instead of being appointed by the governor). Some were then appointed to another term, following their term as Honorary Regent, by the governor. One (Tompkins) was re-elected.[24]

Notable legal cases


  1. California Code of Civil Procedure Section 367 requires that all civil actions must be prosecuted in the name of the "real party in interest, except as otherwise provided by statute."
  2. One of the few exceptions to this rule is in Kentucky, where actions against public universities can be brought in the institution's own name (but can also be brought against the board). See, e.g., Mitchell v. University of Kentucky et al., 2010-SC-000762-TG, Supreme Court of Kentucky, April 26, 2012.
  3. Brian Pusser; Imanol Ordorika (2001). "Bringing political theory to university governance" (PDF). Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  4. "Regents Fact Sheet | #OccupyUCDavis". Archived from the original on November 19, 2013. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  5. "Welcome -". Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  6. "Wilson Names 2 Longtime Aides to UC Board of Regents - latimes". 1998-06-24. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  7. Bazar, Emily (1998). Davis Prepares to Reshape UC Board — Appointments Could Prompt New Look at Old Controversies. The Sacramento Bee (December 21, 1998), p. A1.
  8. Ingram, Carl (1998-08-20). "Panel Rejects Governor's UC Nominees - latimes". Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  9. Ingram, Carl (1999-01-07). "Davis Drops a Drove of Wilson Nominees - latimes". Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  10. Maxwell, Lesli A. (2005). Governor picks two for UC regents board — Bank president and businesswoman face Senate confirmation. The Sacramento Bee (September 14, 2005), p. A3.
  11. Marimow, Ann E. (2005). In Close Company — Governor, Chamber Chief Align, Raise Funds. Contra Costa Times (February 20, 2005), p. A1.
  12. "Regent Sherry L. Lansing". 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Koseff, Alexei (2014-08-22). "UC regents reconfirmed over criticisms of out-of-state recruiting | The Sacramento Bee". Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  14. "Regent Bruce D. Varner". 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  15. "UCLA student leader active in Jewish groups nominated as regent". Los Angeles Times. May 22, 2014. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  16. Sumers, Brian (May 30, 2014). "Ben Allen, Santa Monica school board member, seeks state Senate seat". Daily Breeze. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  17. Kalem, Stefanie. "Parsky's Party". Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  18. "U. of California Regent Resigns Abruptly - Graduate Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education". 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  19. Greg Lucas (1997-08-29). "UC Regent Rejected By State Senate / Democrats say del Junco too partisan". Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 "The Regents of the University of California Through the Years". Days of Cal. The Bancroft Library. 1997. Retrieved September 5, 2009. 
  21. "– a critical forum on Research Universities, their finances, their governance, …, their future » A former UC Regent faults reporter’s profile of UC President Yudof". 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  22. "Thomas S. Sayles | About USC". 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  23. Nelson, Valerie J. (2008-03-22). "Head regent, donor to UCLA hospital - latimes". Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  24. "University of California History Digital Archives". Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  25. Schaechtele, Molly Shoemaker. "Frederick Low". The Governors of California and their Portraits (excerpt). California State Capitol Museum Volunteer Association. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  26. "California State Normal School History, 1862-1889". Historical Sketch of the State Normal School at San Jose, California,. State Printing Office. 1889. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 

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