DOWNTOWN — A local attorney has been appointed for a two-year term to the UC Board of Regents, the chancellor’s office announced earlier this week.

Kenneth A. Feingold, a graduate of UC Santa Cruz, will serve the first year as a regent designate and secretary of the Alumni Associations of the University of California (AAUC). He will attend all meetings and participate in policy discussions but without voting rights.

Beginning July 1, 2013, he will serve as president of the AAUC and become a full-voting member of the board.

Feingold is the fourth UCSC alumnus to represent the campus.

His selection comes at a time of cutbacks and systemwide budget uncertainty, following a period of adjustments, layoffs and cuts in state funding.

An Alumni Regent Selection Committee consisting of leaders of the UCSC Alumni Association Council chose Feingold, a Los Angeles-based attorney and mediator with the law firm Feingold & Spiegel.

“Ken will bring the unique Santa Cruz perspective to the regents including an understanding of the role of UC as a vehicle for social mobility for California’s families,” said Amy Everitt, past president of the UCSC Alumni Council and chair of the selection committee.

From 1991 to 2007, Feingold served as a trustee of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation. In 2003, he became the first alumnus to be elected president of the foundation — a position he held until 2005.

Aside from helping to guide the university, Feingold has worked extensively to help young scholars prepare for the future.

In 2000, he and his wife, Moira, whom he met while they were both students at UCSC, established the UCSC-Santa Monica High School Scholarship Endowment Fund, which makes an annual grant to a high school senior planning to attend UCSC.

“I am honored to have been chosen to serve as a regent by the UCSC Alumni Association Council,” Feingold said Tuesday. “This is a difficult time for the State of California and the University of California. I pledge to work as an alumni regent to keep our institution strong and responsive to the needs of the students, the faculty and our state.”

While Feingold emphasized that each regent must represent the entire UC system, and not just one campus, he said that alumni regents bring fresh perspectives to the board.

In his letter of intent to the selection committee, Feingold noted the “chronic budget shortfalls, which will require the Board of Regents to adopt polices and practices that promote efficiencies, control operating costs, and maintain the university’s core values.”

Feingold stressed the importance of the regents protecting the interests of students, preserving resources that support groundbreaking research, and promoting the public participation of students and faculty.

Seven years have passed since a UCSC graduate served on The Regents of the University of California’s 26-member board.

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