Friday, May 21, 2004
Trey Davis (510) 987-0056


A selection committee of the University of California Board of Regents yesterday (May 20) nominated Adam R. Rosenthal, a UCLA graduate and UC Davis law school student, as student regent for 2005-06.

The full board will consider the committee's recommendation at its Sept. 22-23 meeting. If approved, Rosenthal becomes the 31st student regent since the position was established in 1975.

Rosenthal, 25, would then serve as the student regent-designate for the coming year and be able to participate in all deliberations, but not vote until July 2005 when his one-year term would begin.

"I look forward to working with fellow students, the regents, UC faculty and staff, and elected officials to increase awareness and funding for essential outreach and accessibility initiatives," said Rosenthal, who recently completed his first year at UC Davis' King Hall School of Law.

"I also hope to work with the university on two essential accountability measures from the recent compact: namely, increasing the number of UC-trained K-12 teachers, and expanding opportunities for public service throughout all areas of university life."

A Los Angeles native, Rosenthal graduated from UCLA in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in Hebrew/Jewish studies. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the student government, president of Hillel and co-founder of UCLA's first Arab-Jewish dialogue group.

As a member of the national teachers' corps, Teach For America, Rosenthal taught history and English at Havenscourt Middle School, an underperforming school in Oakland from Sept. 2001 to June 2003. He holds two California teaching credentials, a multiple-subject K-8 credential and a single-subject credential for high-school history and social sciences. In summer 2002, he founded and co-directed Camp Empower, a summer camp for underprivileged middle-school students in Oakland.

The current student regent is Matthew J. Murray, a UC Berkeley undergraduate. On July 1, Jodi Lynette Anderson, a doctoral student in education at UCLA, becomes the student regent for 2004-05.

The nominating committee included regents Ward Connerly, Velma Montoya, Matthew Murray, Norman Pattiz and Laurence Seigler.

The regents' policy on the appointment of the student regent is available at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/regents/policies/6010.html.

This year, 66 students applied for the position. The regents' committee interviewed three finalists, whose names were submitted by the UC Students Association after its review of the top candidates from each of the nine UC campuses.

Rosenthal may be contacted at (530) 400-0971.

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