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.
In June 2008, Mark G. Yudof assumed responsibilities as the 19th president of the University
of California. Since 2002, he had served as chancellor of the University of Texas System. Under his 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
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.
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.
Office of the President
California Master Plan for Higher Education
California Postsecondary Education Commission