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Regent Chair Janet Reilly and Vice Chair Maria Anguiano
Regent Chair Janet Reilly (left) and Vice Chair Maria Anguiano

The University of California announced today (Monday, July 1, 2024) the appointment of Regent Janet Reilly as chair of the UC Board of Regents and the appointment of Regent Maria Anguiano as the Board’s vice chair. Chair Reilly and Vice Chair Anguiano were selected for their leadership roles by their fellow Regents and will serve one-year terms starting today.

A collaborative and thoughtful leader, Reilly brings a wealth of public service experience to the Board chair role. She is the co-founder and board president of Clinic by the Bay, a free, volunteer-powered health clinic for the working uninsured in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Reilly previously served on the Presidio Trust Board from 2015 to 2018, to which she was appointed by President Barack Obama. Before joining the Presidio Trust, Reilly led the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District from 2003 to 2015 and served as president of the organization’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012.

“My journey with UC began as a student at UCLA, and it is this personal connection that has deepened my belief in the transformative power of this institution,” said Reilly. “I am both humbled and excited to take on the role of chair of the UC Board of Regents, and I am eager to continue working with the many talented colleagues who make up this remarkable community. In my new capacity, I am committed to fostering a higher level of engagement with my fellow Board members, President Drake, the Office of the President, the Academic Senate, chancellors, and all the faculty, staff, and students who form the backbone of the world’s finest public research university system. The University is currently navigating challenging times and complex issues, and I am dedicated to facilitating an open dialogue with all constituents to ensure that the University of California remains a collaborative institution that meets these challenges and continues its mission of teaching, research, and public service to reach even greater heights.”

Reilly was appointed as a Regent in 2019 by Gov. Newsom. A former executive producer and on-air television host for NBC Bay Area–KNTV, Reilly currently serves on the board of the CommonSpirit Health Foundation and the Advisory Board for the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at USF. She holds a B.A. from UCLA and a Master of Science in journalism from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

“Regent Reilly is a transformative and hardworking leader who has dedicated much of her time and energy to public service. Her passion for the University’s mission and her vision for our role in California’s future make her a wonderful choice to lead the Board of Regents,” said UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “I look forward to our close partnership as the University takes on the opportunities and challenges of this next academic year.”

Regent Maria Anguiano was named vice chair of the Board of Regents. Vice Chair Anguiano has dedicated her career to expanding educational opportunity and supporting students of all backgrounds. She is the executive vice president of Arizona State University’s Learning Enterprise, a global education program focused on lifelong learning. Previously, Anguiano served in several roles at the University of California, including vice chancellor of planning & budget at UC Riverside, and worked on key systemwide financial and strategic initiatives at the Office of the President. Anguiano has also served as the chief financial officer for the ed-tech startup Minerva Project, held a senior advisory role at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and held finance roles at Barclays Capital and Deloitte.

Anguiano earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics-Accounting and Spanish from Claremont McKenna College. Anguiano was appointed as a Regent by Governor Brown in June 2017 for a term ending in 2028.

“As a first-generation student, I have personally experienced the transformative power of higher education, which serves as a beacon of economic and social mobility for students, changing lives for generations,” said Anguiano. “In my role as vice chair of the Board of Regents, I am eager to collaborate across UC to explore innovative ways to increase access for the Californians we serve and provide opportunities to the state’s diverse community. I am excited to leverage my first-hand experience at UCOP and UC Riverside, along with my passion for advancing excellence in education, to ensure that the University of California continues to successfully fulfill its unique mission of serving society as a center of higher learning.”

Appointed chairs for the board’s standing committees in 2024-25 include:

  • Regent Cohen, chair of the Finance and Capital Strategies Committee
  • Regent Sures, chair of the Compliance and Audit Committee
  • Regent Leib, chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee
  • Regent Pérez, chair of the Health Services Committee
  • Regent Sarris, chair of the Public Engagement and Development Committee
  • Regent Robinson, chair of the Investments Committee
  • Regent Hernandez, chair of the National Laboratories Committee

“As the 2023-2024 chair of the UC Board of Regents, I am delighted that Regent Janet Reilly has been appointed our next Board chair and Regent Maria Anguiano as our next vice chair,” said former board chair Regent Richard Leib. “Regent Reilly has been an outstanding leader on the Board. As Chair of the Regents Public Engagement and Development Committee, Regent Reilly has worked to strengthen legislative advocacy and develop better partnerships vital to UC’s success. She also spearheaded the AggieFresh initiative to combat student food insecurity at UC Davis and helped lead the development of the exciting new UC Student and Policy Center in Sacramento. She is a dynamic and effective leader who will serve the Board well and continue to enhance this great University. Regent Anguiano has spent her career working to increase educational access and improve educational outcomes for people of all ages, both of which are priorities for the University. The University is fortunate to have these two outstanding individuals leading the Board of Regents.”

Members of the Board of Regents are volunteers and serve without compensation. You can find additional information about the Board here.

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