Saturday, June 3, 2017

Faculty member on the Regents? Not Quite So

Among the new Regents appointed by Gov. Brown is entertainment executive Peter Guber. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Guber is a professor at UCLA:

"Guber, 75, of Los Angeles, joined with Joe Lacob to head the group that bought the (Golden State) Warriors in 2010. Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group since 1995, Guber has a long history in the entertainment industry. He is a professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television..."*

If that were true, it would raise all kinds of issues since the Academic Senate a long time ago decided having a voting member on the Board of Regents would be improper due to conflict of interest. (Yes, you can disagree and point out that there is a student regent, but that's the way it is.) However, the Chronicle is incorrect. Gruber is a member of the Executive Board of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, not a prof. You can find him on the School's website at He is listed as a lecturer at the Anderson School in the UCLA directory, which means he sometimes teaches.

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