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Regents panel starts meeting in search for a new UC president

The University of California took the first tentative steps on Tuesday toward finding a successor to UC system President Mark G. Yudof.

A special committee of UC regents conferred privately by telephone from their locations in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Francisco to discuss preliminary ways to organize the presidential search. UC spokesman Steve Montiel said the committee later this week is expected to release the names of those being appointed to advisory panels of faculty, students, alumni and staff to help come up with goals for a new president and help screen candidates.

The regents committee on Tuesday also spoke with representatives of the executive search firm contracted to help hire a new chief of the 10-campus university, according to Montiel. That company -- Isaacson, Miller -- specializes in education and not-for-profit leadership and has offices in San Francisco, Boston and Washington.

Yudof, who has been president since 2008, recently announced that he intends to step down in August and become a law professor at UC Berkeley.

The members of the "special committee to consider the selection of a president" include regents Richard Blum, Russell Gould, George Kieffer, Bonnie Reiss, Frederick Ruiz, Bruce Vaner, alumni regent Ron Rubenstein, student regent Jonathan Stein and it is headed by regents Chairwoman Sherry Lansing.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who is also a member, did not participate in Tuesday’s meeting, although he is expected to have a strong say on future deliberations, given his recent boost in activism in higher education matters.


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