Governor Appoints 4 to UC Board of Regents

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed four new members to the University of California Board of Regents, which governs the public university system.

Three appointees are Democrats and the fourth is not affiliated with a political party.

One appointee is Laphonza Butler, the president of California’s largest union, SEIU Local 2015, which represents more than 378,000 long-term care workers.

The others are Michael Cohen, director of the California Department of Finance; Cecilia Estolano, chief executive officer of a consulting firm; and Richard Leib, a consultant and co-founder of a liquid waste recycling company.

The regents set tuition and executive compensation and approve the UC system’s budget.

The appointments are unpaid and require confirmation from the state Senate.