Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Peter Guber, co-owner of the Golden State Warriors and CEO of the Mandalay Entertainment Group, to the University of California Board of Regents.
The 26 regents, including 18 appointees, oversee the state’s premier university system, which has come under scrutiny recently after a scathing state audit showed the UC Office of the President failed to disclose millions of dollars in funds.
Guber, a 75-year-old Massachusetts native, is also an owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Football Club. He owns Dick Clark Productions, which produces the Golden Globe Awards and the American Music Awards. Guber has also taught at UCLA for three decades, including at the School of Theater, Film and Television.
Brown named three other appointees, including Maria Anguiano, Lark Park and former East Bay Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher. Anguiano is chief financial officer at the for-profit education company Minerva Project. She previously worked as a vice chancellor for planning and budget at UC Riverside and as chief of staff to UC’s chief financial officer. Park works as Brown’s senior adviser for policy, and Tauscher, a Democrat who represented parts of the Bay Area and the Central Valley in Congress from 1997-2009.
The four appointees will need to be confirmed by the state Senate. If confirmed, they will serve 12-year terms.
“As we continue to expand access and opportunity for Californians, I am delighted to welcome to the Board four new appointees that bring unique expertise to the university,” Janet Napolitano, UC president and former homeland security secretary, said in a statement. “I look forward to learning more about their respective visions for higher education and to closely collaborating with them in the years ahead.”
The regents are set to face intense scrutiny from Sacramento lawmakers and other stakeholders as they deal with fallout from the audit, which called into question how UC spends its money just as tuition is set to rise for the first time in six years.