UC Regents announce president selection committee

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A special committee of the UC Board of Regents met Tuesday to begin the process of selecting UC President Mark Yudof’s successor.

Members of the committee spoke privately — in person and over the phone — to discuss how to best organize the search. Representatives from Isaacson, Miller — an executive search firm hired to aid in the search — were also at the meeting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, members of the special search committee will include regents Richard Blum, Russell Gould, George Kieffer, Bonnie Reiss, Frederick Ruiz, Bruce Vaner, Alumni Regent Ron Rubenstein, Student Regent Jonathan Stein and chair Sherry Lansing.

Yudof announced his resignation in January after holding the president position for five years, citing taxing health issues and a desire to change his professional lifestyle. He plans to step down in August to become a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Since Yudof’s tenure began, students have seen tuition nearly double, from $6,636 in 2008 to a current level of $12,192.

After narrowing down the pool of candidates with the advisory panels, the special committee will recommend a candidate to the regents at large for a final vote of approval to hire a new UC president. Yudof will not have a vote.

According to UC spokesperson Steve Montiel, the regents will lay out a rough timeline for the selection process and naming members to various faculty, staff, student and alumni advisory panels that will set goals for the selection. The panels will also play a role in narrowing down the candidate pool.

Stein declined to comment on the record for this story. Stein, a graduate student at UC Berkeley, will vote with the other regents on Yudof’s successor.

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