For more than 150 years, UC has thrived under independent governance, allowing university leadership to put the health of UC and its students first.

President Michael V. Drake, M.D.

President Michael V. Drake, M.D.

President of the University of California

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Richard Leib

Richard Leib

Chair of the Board of Regents


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James Steintrager

Chair of the Academic Senate


Board of Regents

The University of California is governed by the 26-member Board of Regents, which has authority over university policies, financial affairs, tuition and fees. The board appoints the university president. The board also appoints a student regent to a one-year term. In addition, two staff advisors serve two-year terms as non-voting advisors to three Regents' Committees.

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Academic Senate

The Academic Senate represents university faculty. It is empowered by the regents to decide academic policies, including approving courses and setting requirements for admission, certificates and degrees. The senate also advises the administration on faculty appointments, promotions and budgets.

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Office of the President

The Office of the President is the systemwide headquarters of the University of California, managing its fiscal and business operations and supporting the academic and research missions across its campuses, labs and medical centers. President Michael V. Drake began his tenure in August 2020 as the 21st president of the University of California. He oversees the 10 campus chancellors and the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

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