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For more than a century, shared governance between
the Board of Regents, the systemwide president and the faculty has
ensured the highest standards of excellence in fulfilling the University
of California's mission of teaching, research and public service.
On Sept. 30, 2013, Janet Napolitano assumed responsibilities as the 20th president of the University
of California. The former secretary of the federal Department of Homeland Security, President Napolitano also is a former governor of Arizona. Under her leadership, UC's
systemwide activities and programs are administered by the Office
of the President, located in downtown Oakland.
The 26-member Board of Regents was established
under the California Constitution (Article IX, Section 9) in 1878.
The article states that "the university shall be entirely independent
of all political and sectarian influence and kept free therefrom
in the appointment of its Regents and in the administration of its
The board appoints the president and its principal
officers - the general
counsel, chief investment officer, chief compliance and audit officer and secretary.
Eighteen of the regents are appointed by the governor and serve
12-year terms. Seven serve as ex officio members, including the
governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the assembly and state
superintendent of public instruction as well as the UC alumni
associations' president and vice president, who serve one-year
terms. The board also appoints a student
regent to a one-year term. In addition, two staff advisors serve two-year terms as non-voting advisors to three Regents' Committees.
Senate is the representative body of the University faculty.
Empowered by the regents to exercise direct control over academic
matters, the Senate authorizes, approves, and supervises all courses
(except those of certain graduate professional schools) and determines
UC's conditions for admissions, certificates and degrees. The faculty's
systemwide chair and vice chair serve as non-voting representatives
on the Board of Regents.
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California Master Plan for Higher Education
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