Provost MRC Greenwood
Who are the UC Regents?
The Regents of the University of California are the governing
that oversees the operation of the UC system, its three
and its budget and finances, while determining the entire
rules affecting the nation's largest University. 18 of the
are appointed by the Governor of California for 12 year terms.
are drawn from California's economic elite. Current
include Richard Blum, Sherry Lansing, and John J. Moores.
seven UC Regents are "ex officio" members. These are: "the
Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, Superintendent
Instruction, president and vice president of the Alumni
of UC and the UC president." One Regent is drawn from the
body. For basic information on the Regents a skimming of the
of the President website is helpful.
The Regents are, however, a much more complicated and
body than they seem. The Regents are best understood as a body
elites, and bureaucratic, technical, or managerial leaders whose
and power is put to use by shaping policy within the economic
is the University of California. Many of the Regents have
in the operation of the UC through either direct investments, or
indirect interest in the operation of the school and the general
benefits it brings to their enterprises. Many of the Regents
the boards of some of California, and the nation's largest
Many of the firms controlled by UC Regents are powerful
corporations worth billions of dollars.
The Regents are basically the board of the corporation UC. Like
other corporation, the UC is interested in expanding its
power and prestige. The UC is also a locus of important
research, and technology transition, recruitment, basic
vital partnerships with businesses, all of which function to
the economy and serve the interest of large firms, the economic
and the military-industrial enterprise.
Much of the important work of the UC Regents is carried out
The Regents manage the university by dividing work
into many necessary committees, and then cross serve on these
where they have certain expertise and experience. The UC
include: Audit, Educational Policy, Finance, Grounds and
Services, Investments, and the DoE Lab Oversight Committee. The
two committees are of special importance. (Read