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UC Merced Alumni Regent

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In July 2022, UC Merced will have the opportunity to have the campus' first alumni representative serve on the UC Board of Regents as a voting member for the duration of a 2-year term. With the assistance and gudiance of our sister campuses, the UCMAA Board of Directors have developed an inclusive procedure to select the UC Merced Alumni Regent.

About the Regents

The University is governed by The Regents, which under Article IX, Section 9 of the California Constitution 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."

General Responsibilites

The selected alum to serve as UC Merced's Alumni Regent will serve a 2-year term beginning July 1, 2022 and ending on June 30, 2024. In addition to serving as part of the UC Board of Regents, the representative will be recognized as an active officer of the Alumni Associations of UC (AAUC).

  • AAUC Officers
    • The four AAUC officers are the president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. Officers serve for two consecutive years; the first year as AAUC Treasurer or Secretary, the second year as President or Vice President. Service on the Board of the Regents is tied to this two‑year term: the AAUC Treasurer and Secretary serve as Regents‑designates (without voting rights), and the AAUC President and Vice President serve as full‑voting Regents.
    • The primary role of the AAUC Officers is to serve on the Board of Regents as alumni representatives, representing all UC alumni. The officers also serve as liaisons between the AAUC member organizations and the Board of Regents. Additionally, the officers provide programming leadership to the AAUC.


  • As Alumni Regent, the representative will be expected to...
    • Provide Regents meetings briefings at the quarterly AAUC meetings.
    • Promote awareness of alumni concerns among the Board of Regents.
    • Promote awareness of systemwide issues and concerns among AAUC member organizations by meeting with campus alumni association boards.
    • Write articles for alumni publications and the AAUC web site.
      Represent the AAUC at Regents' functions, such as annual Regents' dinner to honor alumni leadership, and all official AAUC functions.
    • Serve on special universitywide committees, Regents' task forces, or on standing committees of the Regents.
    • As a member of the executive committee, assume leadership role in assisting staff to implement existing AAUC programs, developing agenda items for AAUC meetings and developing new systemwide alumni initiatives.
    • Play a key role in the annual UC Day event in Sacramento and assist in developing strategies for the recruitment and involvement of alumni advocates.

Time Commitment

  • Four quarterly AAUC meetings and dinners (4-5 hours each)
  • Participate in weekly AAUC officers' conference calls (30 minutes each)
  • Attend 6 Regents meetings (2 days each)
  • Meet with campus alumni boards (approximately 1 day per visit; 3 or 4 occasions annually)
  • Attend UC Day events in Sacramento—2 days
  • Attend the annual dinner at Blake House in Kensington—one-half day
  • Attend meetings/events at the request of the Regents as needed—varies
  • Attend at least one all-UC Alumni event each year—1-2 days

Selection Process

A timeline of the process with key dates can be found online. As part of the process a Selection Oversight Committee will be organzied consisting of the following individuals:

  • UC Merced Vice Chancellor of External Relations, or chosen designate;
  • UC Alumni Regent (Chair), with preference of former UC Merced Alumni Regent;
  • UC Merced Director of Alumni Relations (Chair);
  • UCMAA Board President (Chair);
  • Two (2) Current UCMAA Board Members designated by the UCMAA Executive Committee;
  • One (1) UCMAA member at large designated by the UCMAA Executive Committee; and
  • Three (3) Current Student Representatives, with one (1) from each: ASUCM, SAA, GSA, or chosen designate(s)