Bill seeks to diversify CSU trustees 

Student protesters have long bemoaned the California State University trustees’ votes to raise tuition. But new legislation might give them more voices on the board that oversees the 427,000-student system.

State Sen. Leland Yee announced a bill Wednesday that would require nine of the 25 trustees to be students, faculty or staff.

At present, two trustees must be students and one represents faculty. Yee’s bill would require the governor to appoint four students, three faculty and two non-faculty employees.

“For too long, we have seen the Board of trustees fighting for their top executives,” Yee said in a statement. “No longer will the Board of Trustees be an exclusive club of just wealthy Californians, but instead it will be representative of the entire CSU community.”

Mike Uhlenkamp, a spokesman for the Cal State system, questioned whether the bill was necessary.

“It’s proposing changes to an institution that I don’t know needs fixing,” he said.

More than half today’s trustees have business and government backgrounds, but others are former administrators or educators.

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