Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Faculty Regent?

Does the seat come with a vote?
If you look at the Regents' website, you will find various types of Regents. There are appointed Regents who are nominated by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. There are ex officio Regents - including the governor - who are on the Board by virtue of their political position. There are two alumni Regents and one student Regent. All of these Regents have voting rights.*

At present, the current student Regent is pushing for additional student representation and eventually a second voting student Regent.** Yours truly has no info on the likelihood of his success in that endeavor. But if you ask how many Regents do the faculty have, the answer is a round ZERO. Yes, there are two faculty "advisors" from the Academic Senate. And they can talk at meetings. But they have no voting rights.

Why is it that the faculty have not even one voting Regent? It can't be because Regents are supposed to be disinterested when it comes to UC policy. If that were the case, there would be no voting student Regent. The student Regent votes on such matters as tuition. So the question remains: Why is there no voting faculty Regent?

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