Gov. Newsom Announces New Appointments to Higher Ed

Governor Gavin Newsom announced six new appointments to the state’s public university systems last week.

“These leaders from diverse backgrounds, walks of life and California regions bring a broad swath of expertise and experience to our world-class colleges and universities at a pivotal time for our state,” Newsom said. “I look forward to continuing our work in partnership with the state’s higher education leaders to expand access to more students, create debt-free pathways, eliminate equity gaps and increase opportunities for the next generation of leaders to achieve their dreams and build a brighter future for our state.”

The appointees are:

  • Elaine E. Batchlor, University of California Regents
  • Carmen Chu, University of California Regents
  • Ana Matosantos, University of California Regents
  • Mark Robinson, University of California Regents
  • Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, California State University Board of Trustees
  • Jose Antonio Vargas, California State University Board of Trustees

Batchlor has served as Chief Executive Officer at MLK Community Healthcare since 2012. 

Chu currently serves as City Administrator of San Francisco. 

Matosantos is Newsom’s Cabinet Secretary.

Robinson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, the Board of Trustees of the UC Berkeley Foundation and the Board of the Thacher School. 

Gilbert-Lurie is co-founder of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Children’s Rights and a member of the International Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch.

Vargas, a founder and consultant at Define American, previously worked as a reporter for the Washington Post and as a Senior Contributing Editor at the Huffington Post.

Read more about each of the appointments here.