Thursday, May 16, 2002
Trey Davis (510) 987-0056

John J. Moores Named Chair of UC's Board of Regents

The University of California Board of Regents today (Thursday, May 16) selected John J. Moores as its new chair for the coming year.

Gov. Davis appointed Moores to the board in March 1999 to a term ending in 2009. Before his selection as chair, Moores was the board's vice chair and also served on the regents' committees on audit, finance and the oversight of the U.S. Department of Energy laboratories.

Moores, 57, served on the University of Houston's Board of Regents from 1991 to 1994.

"John Moores is a strong advocate for higher education and its role in society," said UC President Richard C. Atkinson. "The university and the people of California will benefit greatly from his energy and leadership in the coming year."

The board also named Odessa Johnson as vice chair.

Moores is the chairman of the San Diego Padres baseball club, JMI Services Inc. and Neon Systems Inc. He founded the River Blindness Foundation, which provides health care treatment in sub-Saharan African countries, and is a trustee of The Carter Center of Emory University. He is also a board member of the Scripps Research Institute.

A resident of San Diego, Moores is a substantial supporter for a variety of educational, youth development, arts and health care organizations throughout the San Diego region. They include the American Civil Liberties Union, the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Scripps Research Institute for Childhood and Neglected Diseases, St. Vincent de Paul Villages, San Diego Center for Children, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and San Diego State University.

A $21 million gift to UC San Diego provides support for a new cancer center and the Preuss School.

In 1991, his $51 million contribution to the University of Houston was then reported as the largest in U.S. history to a public university.

Moores was named Donor of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors in 1996 and received the San Diego Jackie Robinson YMCA Human Dignity Award in 1997.

Moores received a bachelor's degree in economics and a law degree from the University of Houston. He is married and has four children and two grandchildren.

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