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Forum Set for Dec. 13 in Presidential Search

By Dateline Staff on December 13, 2019 in University

Quick Summary

  • Board of Regents joins with the College Futures Foundation for public forums at UC Davis and UCLA
  • Board approves selection criteria drafted by special committee in consultation with advisory groups
  • Executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates will help identify candidates and facilitate global search

Updated 8 a.m. Dec. 13: Today’s forum at UC Davis will be livestreamed here. The Jan. 14 forum at UCLA will also be livestreamed; the link, when available, will be posted here.

The UC Board of Regents announced it is coordinating with the College Futures Foundation to hold two public forums on UC’s search for a new president, and one of those forums will at UC Davis. The other will be at UCLA.

The California Futures Foundation, which works to ensure equity of opportunity and access to higher education, will hold the forums with the regents’ special committee on the presidential recruitment, to gather input from higher education associations and other organizations in the fields of postsecondary education, work force and economic development, and student success. The forums will include the opportunity for public comment.

The new president will succeed Janet Napolitano, who announced in September that she would step down Aug. 1, 2020, after eight years as president. She plans to take time off before teaching at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley where she is a tenured professor.

The College Futures Foundation forums are scheduled as follows:

Public comment will be at the beginning of each forum and will follow the Board of Regents’ standard guidelines.

The special committee will hold additional town halls around the system in early 2020, and is planning to schedule other opportunities to meet with constituent groups of the university. More information will be posted to the recruitment website when available.

Input is welcome anytime by email or regular mail to Anne Shaw, Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Regents, 1111 Franklin St., 12th Floor, Oakland 94607.

Selection criteria and search firm

In other news regarding the search, the Board of Regents on Nov. 14 approved the criteria for the selection of a new president. The special committee drafted the criteria after consulting with advisory groups that included faculty, students, staff, alumni, chancellors, laboratory directors and vice presidents, and after considering other feedback.

The board also announced the selection of the Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates executive search firm to help identify candidates and facilitate a global search for a president.

The regents’ special committee comprises Elliott and Regent Sherry Lansing, vice chair; Regents Michael Cohen, Cecilia Estolano, Lark Park and Richard Sherman; Student Regent Hayley Weddle; and Alumni Regent William Um; plus two ex officio members: Gavin Newsom, governor and board member, and John A. Pérez, board chair.

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Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or