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Board of Regents

The 40-member Board of Regents is the legal governing body and chief policy board of the University. Life Regents are recognized and honored for their extraordinary service as past regents. The University administration works with the Board of Regents to shape policy and direction for the University. The leadership provided by these distinguished and committed men and women is greatly valued.


Board of Regents

  • Edwin Biggers


    President (Retired)
    Hughes Missile Group

  • James R. Porter

    Vice Chair

    Porter Capital Partners

  • Susan F. Rice

    Secretary (EdD '86)

    SFR Consulting

  • Frederick L. Ricker

    Assistant Secretary

    Vice President and General Manager (Retired)
    Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

  • William H. Ahmanson

    The Ahmanson Foundation

  • Andrew K. Benton

    Pepperdine University

  • Sheila K. Bost

    Individual, Marital, and Child Psychotherapist

  • Charles L. Branch, Jr.

    Professor of Neurosurgery
    Wake Forest University Health Center

  • Dale Brown ('64)

    Moriah Group, Petroleum Strategies

  • Janice R. Brown

    Circuit Judge
    United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

  • Jose A. Collazo (MBA '77)

    Vice Chairman and President
    Form I-9 Compliance, LLC

  • Shelle Ensio


  • Michelle Hiepler (JD '89)

    Law Offices of Hiepler & Hiepler

  • Glen A. Holden

    United States Ambassador (Retired)
    Managing Partner, The Holden Company

  • Gail E. Hopkins ('66, MA '74)

    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Hinsdale Orthopaedic Associates

  • Peter James Johnson, Jr.

    Leahey & Johnson, P.C.

  • John D. Katch ('60)

    District Manager (Retired)
    Southern California Edison Company

  • Dennis Lewis ('65)

    President and Owner

  • John T. Lewis ('83)

    Eugene Lewis & Associates

  • Kimberly J. Lindley

    Past Cochair
    National Seaver Parents Council

  • Eff W. Martin

    Managing Director (Retired)
    Goldman Sachs & Company

  • Faye W. McClure ('78)

    Senior Vice President
    Consumer Product and Segment Integration–Americas
    AIG Insurance Group

  • Michael T. Okabayashi

    Ernst & Young

  • Danny Phillips


  • Timothy C. Phillips ('87)

    Chief Executive Officer
    Phillips and Company

  • John L. Plueger

    President and Chief Operating Officer
    Air Lease Corporation

  • Carol Richards

  • B. Joseph Rokus ('76)

    Manager, SPP LLC

  • P. Bui Simon ('96)

    Angels Wings Foundation International

  • Harold R. Smethills

    Managing Director
    Sterling Ranch, LLC

  • Dee Anna Smith ('86)

    Chief Executive Officer
    Sarah Cannon

  • Rosa Mercado Spivey

    Medical Director, Employee Health Services
    Los Angeles Unified School District

  • William W. Stevens

    Chairman of the Board (Retired)
    Triad Systems Corporation

  • Stephen M. Stewart

    Stewart Brothers Drilling Company

  • Augustus Tagliaferri (MBA '74)

    Chairman and President
    Financial Structures, Inc.

  • Marta B. Tooma

    Philanthropic Dentist

  • Robert L. Walker (MA '66)

    Senior Executive for Development (Retired)
    Texas A&M University

  • Marylyn M. Warren ('58)

    Vice President, Inc.

  • Jay S. Welker

    President of the Private Bank and Wealth Management, Wells Fargo Bank


Life Regents*

  • William S. Banowsky (MA '94)

  • Joe R. Barnett

  • Lodwrick M. Cook

  • Jerry S. Cox

  • Terry M. Giles

  • Jerry E. Hudson

  • Jerve M. Jones

  • Russell L. Ray, Jr.

  • Charles B. Runnels

  • Thomas J. Trimble

  • J. McDonald Williams

  • Helen M. Young ('39)

* Nonvoting Regents