How to Contact the UC Regents by Email (Yeah!)

How to Contact the UC Regents by Email (Yeah!)

by Charles Schwartz, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley

On the official web site of the Regents of the University of California it says,
“If you would like to email the Regents, please address your comments to Regents Office (regentsoffice@ucop.edu )”

Alternatively, you can find that Marsha Kelman is the Secretary and Chief of Staff to The Regents and her email address is  marsha.kelman@ucop.edu .

Here is my recent experience with that channel of communication.

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9/16/2011
Marsha Kelman
Secretary and Chief of Staff to The Regents
Dear Marsha;

Please forward the attached letter (via email, so as to retain
electronic links therein) to each member of the Board of Regents.

Thank you,
Charlie
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11/3/11
Marsha Kelman
Secretary and Chief of Staff to The Regents
UC Office of the President
Dear Marsha;

…  On September 16 I sent you some material … which I asked to be distributed to the regents.  Was that distribution carried out? And if so, in what manner?

Thank you,
Charles Schwartz
Professor Emeritus
UC Berkeley
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11/9/11
Professor Schwartz,

…  We have not located the email you sent on September 16.  If you will send it again, I’m happy to make it available to the Regents through our normal correspondence process.

Marsha
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11/9/11
Marsha;

Here is the email I sent you on September 16.  Please acknowledge immediately that you have received this.
I cannot imagine how the original email did not reach you.

Charlie
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11/9/11
Charlie,

I have received your email with the attachment.

Marsha
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11/10/11
Marsha;

My original request was that you forward my letter (which was the attachment) to each regent by email.  Will this be done?  When?

Charlie
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11/10/11
Charlie,

Our process is the same one we’ve had in place for many years.  We list the
correspondence we have received and ask the Regents what they would like copies of for review.

Marsha
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11/10/11
Marsha;

Thank you for FINALLY acknowledging what I had feared: That it is almost impossible for an ordinary person to communicate with members of the Board!

Charlie
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1 Comment

  1. Paul R. Chernoff said,

    December 5, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

    I’m not surprised that official bureaucratic channels are almost totally ineffective.

    On the other hand, a personal experience: around 1977-78 I was concerned about
    some issue and phoned the head of the Board of Regents at his law firm in
    San Francisco (sorry his name escapes me). He was quite cordial and we had a
    good conversation. I mentioned this to one of my colleagues who told me
    it was a “no-no” for a faculty member to speak directly with a regent. I was
    so ignorant that I had simply done the natural thing. And there you have it.

    My advice is to ignore the official channel and see if the individual Regents
    hang up the instant they learn that you’re a faculty member.

    Paul Chernoff
    Professor of Mathematics
    UC Berkeley
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    think many of them

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