Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004
Trey Davis, (510) 987-0056



The University of California announced today (Sept. 8) the resignation of Haim Saban from its board of regents, effective immediately.

Saban, 59, was appointed to the UC regents by then-Gov. Gray Davis in February 2002. The 12-year term to which Saban had been appointed expires on March 1, 2013. A successor, to be named by Gov. Schwarzenegger, would serve the remainder of the term.

Saban submitted the following letter to the university on Friday, Sept. 3, 2004:

"I have served on the board of The Regents of the University of California since 2002. It has been an honor to be appointed to this very important, prestigious and influential position. However, for personal reasons, I hereby regretfully submit my resignation, effective immediately. My position on the board was an honor and I feel blessed to live in California and hope to be given the opportunity to serve this great state again in any way. If there is anything that I can do to support what is, I believe, the greatest education system in the world, please know that I would consider it a privilege to be able to do so."

The founder of Saban Entertainment and Fox Family Worldwide, Saban has contributed to many educational organizations, including The Fulfillment Fund and Partners in Education, which are college and career counseling and mentoring initiatives, and The Story Project, an after-school literacy program in downtown Los Angeles.

The UC Board of Regents consists of 26 members: 18 are appointed to 12-year terms by the governor; one is a UC student, appointed by the board to a one-year term; and seven are ex officio members, including the governor, lieutenant governor, the speaker of the assembly, the state superintendent of public instruction, the president and vice president of the Alumni Associations of the University of California (one-year terms), and the president of the university.

The UC system is home to more than 200,000 students and 150,000 employees on 10 campuses, five medical centers and three national laboratories managed for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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