Regent George Kieffer

George KiefferGeorge Kieffer is the current Chair of the Board. He has a history of  decades of service to the University of California and to Higher Education as well as leading  key institutions and civic ventures.

Mr. Kieffer is a graduate of two University of California campuses, with a bachelor’s degree in history from U. C. Santa Barbara and a J.D. from UCLA. He was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2009 and previously served as an Alumni Regent from 1978 to 1980.

Mr. Kieffer has served as the President of the U.C. Santa Barbara Alumni Association, as Chair of the U.C. Santa Barbara Foundation, as the President of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as a founding member of the California Community Colleges Foundation, and as a Member of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Review of the California Master Plan for Higher Education.

As Chair of the Board, Mr. Kieffer’s goals include focusing on the quality of undergraduate education, examining the costs of higher education, preserving the University’s historic excellence in teaching, research and public service, and continuing to expand access to more and diverse Californians. He also intends to promote the uniqueness of all ten University campuses.

Mr. Kieffer is a partner and member of the Executive Committee of the national law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP. He served as the Chair of the commission charged with rewriting the Los Angeles City Charter for the first full revision in 75 years.  He has been honored as one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the San Francisco Daily Journal and the Los Angeles Daily Journal and as one of the 500 most influential people in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal. He is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Council of Economic Advisors. He is the author of The Strategy of Meetings and a contributing author of Governing Public Colleges and Universities.

Mr. Kieffer was appointed as a Regent in May 2009 by Governor Schwarzenegger to a term ending in 2021.

Term of Appointment

Appointed:
May 6, 2009
Term expires:
March 1, 2021

Committee Membership (2017-2018)

As Chair of the Board, Regent Kieffer is ex officio member of all committees except the National Laboratories Subcommittee and Investments Subcommittee.