University of California Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano today (June 5) issued the following statement pertaining to an independent review of the state auditor’s allegation that the UC Office of the President interfered with campus surveys connected to the recent state audit.
The University of California Board of Regents has retained former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos R. Moreno and the law firm of Hueston Hennigan LLP, to conduct a fact-finding review of actions undertaken by the Office of the President with respect to surveys the California state auditor sent to UC campuses as part of the recent audit of the Office of the President.
Justice Moreno will provide expertise in the areas of fact-finding and neutral evaluation, while Brian Hennigan will be the firm’s partner in charge of providing legal services.
On May 11, 2017, the Board of Regents authorized the chair of the board, in consultation with a regents’ working group, to retain an independent external law firm or other consultant to assist the regents in reviewing these alleged actions. The members of the working group are Regents George Kieffer, Bonnie Reiss, John Pérez, Charlene Zettel and Lozano, who also serves as chair.
The fact-finding review is expected to conclude in a timely manner and the results will be presented to the Board of Regents as soon as they are available.