The UC Regents

President Robert Dynes

Richard Blum

Norman Pattiz

Ward Connerly

Gerald Parsky

John J Moores

Haim Saban

Sherry Lansing

John Davies

Odessa Johnson

Joanne Kozberg

Monica Lozano

Judith Hopkins

David Lee

George Marcus

Peter Preuss

Velma Montoya

Matt Murray

Tom Sayles

UC Officers

Provost MRC Greenwood

 

 

 

Who are the UC Regents?

The Regents of the University of California are the governing body that oversees the operation of the UC system, its three national laboratories, and its budget and finances, while determining the entire policy and rules affecting the nation's largest University. 18 of the Regents are appointed by the Governor of California for 12 year terms.

Most Regents are drawn from California's economic elite. Current prominent Regents include Richard Blum, Sherry Lansing, and John J. Moores. The other seven UC Regents are "ex officio" members. These are: "the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, Superintendent of Public Instruction, president and vice president of the Alumni Associations of UC and the UC president." One Regent is drawn from the student body. For basic information on the Regents a skimming of the UC Office of the President website is helpful.

The Regents are, however, a much more complicated and politically motivated body than they seem. The Regents are best understood as a body of corporate elites, and bureaucratic, technical, or managerial leaders whose influence and power is put to use by shaping policy within the economic mill that is the University of California. Many of the Regents have financial stakes in the operation of the UC through either direct investments, or through indirect interest in the operation of the school and the general economic benefits it brings to their enterprises. Many of the Regents serve on the boards of some of California, and the nation's largest corporations. Many of the firms controlled by UC Regents are powerful multinational corporations worth billions of dollars.

The Regents are basically the board of the corporation UC. Like any other corporation, the UC is interested in expanding its institutional power and prestige. The UC is also a locus of important activities including research, and technology transition, recruitment, basic education, and vital partnerships with businesses, all of which function to stimulate the economy and serve the interest of large firms, the economic elite, and the military-industrial enterprise.
Much of the important work of the UC Regents is carried out through the committee structure.

The Regents manage the university by dividing work into many necessary committees, and then cross serve on these committees where they have certain expertise and experience. The UC committees include: Audit, Educational Policy, Finance, Grounds and Buildings, Health Services, Investments, and the DoE Lab Oversight Committee. The last two committees are of special importance. (Read on...)