UC Riverside

The Regents of the University of California

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The Board

The University is governed by The Regents, which has "full powers of organization and governance" subject only to very specific areas of legislative control. 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 affairs."

The Student Regent

Role established in 1975

The Student Regent is a voting member of The Regents of the University of California, attending all meetings of the Board and its Committees and serving a one-year term commencing July 1. The Board of Regents meets six times a year, every other month, in two-day meetings.

The student Regent is reimbursed for expenses incurred for attendance at meetings of the Board and its Committees. All mandatory University fees and tuition are waived for the student Regent during the academic years in which he or she serves as a Regent-designate and as a member of the Board.

Board Composition

The Board consists of 26 members, all of whom have a vote:

  • 18 regents are appointed by the governor for 12-year terms
  • One is a student appointed by the Regents to a one-year term
  • Seven are ex officio members — 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.

In addition, two faculty members — the chair and vice chair of the Academic Council — sit on the board as non-voting members.

Meet the Student Regent

Marcela Ramirez

Marcela Ramirez
UC Riverside
2016-17 Student Regent
(2015-16 Student Regent-designate)

FacebookStudent Regent-Designate Ramirez on Facebook

Speaking for Scholars: Marcela Ramirez, The University of California’s 42nd Student Regent, Talks Goals for Her Tenure, UCR Magazine

Student Regent Application Information

The application deadline for the 2017-18 Student Regent was February 28, 2016. The Student Regent will be appointed by the Regents at their July 2016 meeting. Visit The University of California Regents website for more information or watch the videos below to gain insight into the Student Regent position and application process:

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Get to Know Your UC Student Regent Avi Oved and UC Student Regent-Designate Marcela Ramirez

Student Regent Recruitment Tour 2016

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