Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York

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The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York is the governing body of the University of the State of New York.

History[edit]

The board was established by statute on May 1, 1784. The members were divided into five classes: 1) ex officio members including the Governor of New York, the Lieutenant Governor of New York, the Secretary of State of New York, the New York Attorney General, and the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, the Mayor of New York City, the Mayor of Albany, New York, 2) two people from each of the then twelve existing counties, 3) one representative of each religious denomination in the state, chosen by their congregation, 4) founders of any college or school in the state (and their heirs or successors), and 5) representatives from selected colleges.[1]

The regents were spread across the state and getting a necessary quorum proved difficult given the size of the state and travel demands. On November 26, 1784, 33 additional members were appointed, twenty of them from New York City and affiliated with King's College (now known as Columbia University). This arrangement also proved ineffective, so on April 13, 1787, the Legislature legislated the existing regents out of office, and a new set of regents was appointed: the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor continued as ex officio members, and 19 regents were appointed for life. This legislation also shifted the regents' focus from Columbia to schools, colleges, and universities across the state. On April 8, 1842, the Secretary of State was added again as an ex officio member, and on March 30, 1854, the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Vacancies were filled by joint ballot of the state legislature.[2]

The regents were made a constitutional body, no longer defined by statue, in 1894.[3] In 1904, the Board was reorganized again and the ex officio members were legislated out. The offices of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Secretary of the Board of Regents were abolished and the duties of both transferred to the Commissioner of Education, who "serves at the pleasure" of the Board of Regents.[4] The regents continued to be elected by joint ballot of the Legislature. Eleven of the sitting 19 regents were chosen by the Legislature to continue in office, and were classified to serve for different term lengths, so that every year one seat came up for election, for a full term. The number of board members was reduced to eight, one Regent per New York State Judicial District (based on the 1876 Act establishing the districts. [5]), plus three "at large" members.

  1. New York (Manhattan) and Bronx (Bronx) Counties
  2. Kings (Brooklyn), Nassau, Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), Suffolk (Long Island), Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester (Yonkers) Counties (Hudson Valley)
  3. Albany (Albany), Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster Counties (Capital District)
  4. Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, Washington Counties (North Country)
  5. Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga (Syracuse), Oswego Counties (Central Region)
  6. Broome (Binghamton), Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins Counties (Southern Tier)
  7. Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe (Rochester), Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates Counties (Finger Lakes)
  8. Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie (Buffalo), Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming Counties (Western Region)

New Regents members have been sworn in as Districts were added and reconfigured.

  • 1909: Francis M. Carpenter sworn in as the first Regent from District 9 (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties)
  • 1948: Cornelius W. Wickersham sworn in as the first Regent from District 10 (Suffolk County)
  • 1963: Joseph T. King sworn in as the first Regent from District 11 (Queens)
  • 1965: Max J. Rubin sworn in as the first 4th At Large member
  • 1983: Jorge L. Batista sworn in as the first Regent from District 12 (Bronx) and Norma Gluck was sworn in as the new District 1 Regent
  • 2009: Christine D. Cea sworn in as the first Regent from District 13 (Staten Island)

Section 202 of the education laws of 1945 established that a regent could not serve past April 1 in the year following their 70th birthday or be a "trustee, president, principal, or any other officer of an institution belonged to the university." If either event occurred, the Regent was expected to resign from the board.[6] This restriction was lifted in 1986 with the passage of a New York State law banning mandatory retirement ages in most sectors.[7]

Currently, 17 members serve, representing each of the 13 judicial districts plus 4 at-large members. Regents currently serve for a term of five years. The Regents have never received a salary and only their travel expenses are reimbursed.

List of Regents[edit]

Ex officio members who served from May 1, 1784 founding to April 13, 1787 reconfiguration[edit]

Regents appointed on May 1, 1784 who served until the April 13, 1787 reconfiguration[edit]

Regents added on November 12, 1784 who served until the April 13, 1787 reconfiguration[edit]

Regents Sworn In from April 13, 1787 to 1904 Reconfiguration[edit]

Notes: Ex officio tenures are not mentioned if the officeholder was a full member at the same time.

Regent Entered office Notes Left office Notes
Egbert Benson April 13, 1787 previously ex officio member 1802 resigned
Matthew Clarkson April 13, 1787 re-appointed April 25, 1825 died
George Clinton April 13, 1787 ex officio as Governor June 30, 1795 term ended
John Jay April 13, 1787 re-appointed 1790 resigned
July 1, 1795 ex officio as Governor June 30, 1801 term ended
Nathan Kerr April 13, 1787 re-appointed; AKA Nathan Carr December 21, 1804 died
Andrew King April 13, 1787 November 16, 1815 died
Ezra L'Hommedieu April 13, 1787 re-appointed September 27, 1811 died
William Linn April 13, 1787 AKA William Lynn January 8, 1808 died
James Livingston April 13, 1787 re-appointed 1797 resigned
John McDonald April 13, 1787 1796 resigned
Benjamin Moore April 13, 1787 1802 resigned
Lewis Morris April 13, 1787 re-appointed January 22, 1798 died
John Rogers April 13, 1787 re-appointed May 7, 1811 died
Dirck Romeyn April 13, 1787 1796 resigned
Ebenezer Russell April 13, 1787 re-appointed February 25, 1813 resigned
Philip Schuyler April 13, 1787 November 18, 1804 died
Peter Silvester April 13, 1787 AKA Peter Sylvester October 15, 1808 died
Jonathan G. Tompkins April 13, 1787 AKA Jonathan G. Thompkins 1808 resigned
Pierre Van Cortlandt April 13, 1787 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor June 30, 1795 term ended
Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben April 13, 1787 AKA Frederick William de Steuben November 28, 1794 died
Eilardus Westerlo April 13, 1787 December 26, 1790 died
Gulian Verplanck March 30, 1790 replaced John Jay November 20, 1799 died
Zephaniah Platt January 15, 1791 replaced Eilardus Westerlo September 12, 1807 died
James Watson January 28, 1795 replaced Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben May 15, 1806 died
Stephen Van Rensselaer July 1, 1795 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor June 30, 1801 term ended
James Cochran February 18, 1796 replaced Dirck Romeyn 1820 resigned
Rev. Jonas Coe March 24, 1796 replaced John McDonald declined to take office
Abraham Van Vechten January 11, 1797 replaced James Livingston 1823 resigned
Rev. Thomas Ellison February 28, 1797 replaced Jonas Coe April 26, 1802 died
Simeon De Witt March 13, 1798 replaced Lewis Morris December 3, 1834 died
James Kent February 8, 1800 replaced Gulian Verplanck April 1, 1816 vacated
George Clinton July 1, 1801 ex officio as Governor June 30, 1804 term ended
Jeremiah Van Rensselaer July 1, 1801 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor June 30, 1804 term ended
John Tayler February 1, 1802 replaced Egbert Benson March 19, 1829 died
Henry Rutgers February 15, 1802 replaced Benjamin Moore 1826 resigned
Charles Selden February 18, 1803 replaced Thomas Ellison 1816 vacated
Morgan Lewis July 1, 1804 ex officio as Governor June 30, 1807 term ended
John Broome July 1, 1804 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor August 8, 1810 died
Ambrose Spencer January 28, 1805 replaced Philip Schuyler 1816 vacated
Lucas Elmendorf January 28, 1805 replaced Nathan Kerr 1822 vacated
Elisha Jenkins February 11, 1807 replaced James Watson May 18, 1848 died
Daniel D. Tompkins July 1, 1807 ex officio as Governor February 24, 1817 resigned
DeWitt Clinton February 11, 1808 replaced William Linn 1825 resigned
January 1, 1825 ex officio as Governor February 11, 1828 died
Peter Gansevoort February 11, 1808 replaced Zephaniah Platt July 2, 1812 died
Alexander Sheldon February 11, 1808 replaced Jonathan G. Tompkins 1816 vacated
Nathan Smith January 31, 1809 replaced Peter Silvester 1822 vacated
Solomon Southwick February 28, 1812 replaced Ezra L'Hommedieu 1823 resigned
Joseph C. Yates February 28, 1812 replaced John Rogers 1833 resigned
Smith Thompson March 8, 1813 replaced Peter Gansevoort 1819 resigned
John Woodworth March 8, 1813 replaced Ebenezer Russell 1822 resigned
Martin Van Buren March 4, 1816 replaced Andrew King 1829 resigned
John De Witt January 28, 1817 replaced Alexander Sheldon 1823 resigned
Nathan Williams January 28, 1817 replaced Ambrose Spencer 1824 vacated
John Lansing, Jr. January 28, 1817 replaced James Kent December 12, 1829 disappeared
Samuel Young January 28, 1817 replaced Charles Selden 1835 resigned
Philetus Swift February 1817 ex officio as Acting Lieutenant Governor June 30, 1817 term ended
Stephen Van Rensselaer March 16, 1819 replaced Smith Thompson January 26, 1839 died
William A. Duer February 1, 1820 replaced James Cochran 1824 vacated
Harmanus Bleecker February 7, 1822 replaced Nathan Smith 1834 resigned
James Thompson February 7, 1822 replaced Lucas Elmendorf 1845 died
Erastus Root January 1, 1823 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1824 term ended
Samuel A. Talcott February 15, 1823 replaced John Woodworth 1829 resigned
James King February 15, 1823 replaced Abraham Van Vechten 1841 died
Peter Wendell February 15, 1823 replaced Solomon Southwick 1849 died
William L. Marcy April 9, 1823 replaced John De Witt 1828 resigned
Robert Troup February 13, 1824 replaced William A. Duer 1827 resigned
Peter B. Porter February 13, 1824 replaced Nathan Williams 1830 resigned
James Tallmadge, Jr. January 1, 1825 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1826 term ended
John Greig January 12, 1825 replaced DeWitt Clinton April 9, 1858 died
Jesse Buel January 26, 1826 replaced Henry Rutgers October 8, 1839 died
Gulian C. Verplanck January 26, 1826 replaced Matthew Clarkson March 18, 1870 died
Nathaniel Pitcher January 1, 1827 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor February 11, 1828 became Governor
February 11, 1828 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1828 term ended
Edward P. Livingston February 20, 1827 replaced Robert Troup 1831 resigned
January 1, 1831 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1832 term ended
Peter R. Livingston February 1828 ex officio as Acting Lieutenant Governor October 17, 1828 successor elected
Benjamin F. Butler February 29, 1828 replaced William L. Marcy 1832 resigned
Charles Dayan October 17, 1828 ex officio as Acting Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1828 term ended
Enos T. Throop January 1, 1829 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor March 12, 1829 became Governor
March 12, 1829 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1832 term ended
Charles Stebbins March 1829 ex officio as Acting Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1829 term ended
Gerrit Y. Lansing March 31, 1829 replaced Martin Van Buren January 3, 1862 died
John Keyes Paige March 31, 1829 replaced Samuel A. Talcott 1857 died
John Sudam March 31, 1829 replaced John Tayler April 13, 1835 died
William M. Oliver January 5, 1830 ex officio as Acting Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1830 term ended
John P. Cushman April 2, 1830 replaced John Lansing, Jr. 1834 resigned
John Tracy April 2, 1830 replaced Peter B. Porter 1833 resigned
January 1, 1833 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1838 term ended
John Adams Dix March 23, 1831 replaced Edward P. Livingston 1846 resigned
John L. Viele February 6, 1832 replaced Benjamin F. Butler October 19, 1832 died
William L. Marcy January 1, 1833 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1838 term ended
William Campbell February 5, 1833 replaced John Tracy October 27, 1844 died
Erastus Corning February 5, 1833 replaced John L. Viele April 9, 1872 died
Prosper M. Wetmore April 4, 1833 replaced Joseph C. Yates March 16, 1876 died
James McKown April 17, 1834 replaced Harmanus Bleecker 1847 died
John Lorimer Graham April 17, 1834 replaced John P. Cushman 1864 resigned
Amasa J. Parker January 20, 1835 replaced Simeon De Witt 1844 resigned
John McLean Jr. April 8, 1835 replaced Samuel Young December 5, 1858 died
Washington Irving May 9, 1835 replaced John Sudam 1842 resigned
William H. Seward January 1, 1839 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1842 term ended
Luther Bradish January 1, 1839 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1842 term ended
Joseph Russell February 18, 1839 replaced Stephen Van Rensselaer 1844 resigned
John C. Spencer February 28, 1840 replaced Jesse Buel 1844 vacated
Gideon Hawley February 1, 1842 replaced James King July 17, 1870 died
David Buel March 24, 1842 replaced Washington Irving August 16, 1860 died
Samuel Young April 8, 1842 ex officio as Secretary of State February 8, 1845 successor elected
William C. Bouck January 1, 1843 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1844 term ended
Daniel S. Dickinson January 1, 1843 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1844 term ended
James S. Wadsworth May 4, 1844 replaced Amasa J. Parker May 8, 1864 died
John V. L. Pruyn May 4, 1844 replaced John C. Spencer November 21, 1877 died
Silas Wright January 1, 1845 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1846 term ended
Addison Gardiner January 1, 1845 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor June 1847 resigned
William C. Bouck February 3, 1845 replaced Joseph Russell 1847 vacated
Martin Van Buren February 3, 1845 replaced William Campbell 1845 resigned
Nathaniel S. Benton February 8, 1845 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1847 term ended
Jabez D. Hammond May 10, 1845 replaced Martin Van Buren August 18, 1855 died
John L. O'Sullivan February 2, 1846 replaced John Adams Dix 1855 resigned
Robert Campbell February 2, 1846 replaced James Thompson July 16, 1870 died
John Young January 1, 1847 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1848 term ended
Rev. Samuel Luckey D.D. May 6, 1847 replaced William C. Bouck October 11, 1869 died
Albert Lester July 1847 ex officio as Acting Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1847 term ended
Robert G. Rankin September 27, 1847 replaced James McKown August 29, 1878 died
Hamilton Fish January 1, 1848 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1848 term ended
January 1, 1849 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1850 term ended
Christopher Morgan January 1, 1848 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1851 term ended
George W. Patterson January 1, 1849 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1850 term ended
Philip S. Van Rensselaer February 6, 1849 replaced Elisha Jenkins 1856 resigned
Washington Hunt January 1, 1851 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1852 term ended
Sanford E. Church January 1, 1851 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1854 term ended
John N. Campbell March 18, 1851 replaced Peter Wendell March 27, 1864 died
Henry S. Randall January 1, 1852 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1853 term ended
Horatio Seymour January 1, 1853 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1854 term ended
Elias W. Leavenworth January 1, 1854 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1855 term ended
Victor M. Rice March 30, 1854 ex officio as Superintendent of Public Instruction April 7, 1857 successor elected
Myron H. Clark January 1, 1855 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1856 term ended
Henry J. Raymond January 1, 1855 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1856 term ended
Erastus C. Benedict March 21, 1855 replaced John L. O'Sullivan October 22, 1880 died
Joel T. Headley January 1, 1856 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1857 term ended
George W. Clinton March 6, 1856 replaced Jabez D. Hammond September 7, 1885 died
Robert Kelly March 6, 1856 replaced Philip S. Van Rensselaer 1856 died
John A. King January 1, 1857 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1858 term ended
Henry R. Selden January 1, 1857 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1858 term ended
Rev. Isaac Parks D.D. April 7, 1857 replaced Robert Kelly April 15, 1869 died
Henry H. Van Dyck April 7, 1857 ex officio as Superintendent of Public Instruction April 16, 1861 resigned
Gideon J. Tucker January 1, 1858 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1859 term ended
Lorenzo Burrows February 16, 1858 replaced John Keyes Paige March 6, 1885 died
William Cullen Bryant April 15, 1858 replaced John Greig declined to take office
Edwin D. Morgan January 1, 1859 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1862 term ended
Rev. George B. Cheever D.D. March 29, 1859 replaced William Cullen Bryant 1861 vacated
Robert S. Hale March 29, 1859 replaced John McLean Jr. December 14, 1881 died
David R. Floyd-Jones January 1, 1860 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1861 term ended
J. Carson Brevoort February 5, 1861 replaced George B. Cheever 1885 resigned
Elias W. Leavenworth February 5, 1861 replaced David Buel November 25, 1887 died
Emerson W. Keyes April 16, 1861 ex officio as Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction January 30, 1862 successor elected
Horatio Ballard January 1, 1862 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1863 term ended
George R. Perkins January 30, 1862 replaced Gerrit Y. Lansing August 22, 1876 died
Victor M. Rice January 30, 1862 ex officio as Superintendent of Public Instruction April 7, 1868 term ended
Horatio Seymour January 1, 1863 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1864 term ended
David R. Floyd-Jones January 1, 1863 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1864 term ended
Chauncey M. Depew January 1, 1864 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1865 term ended
George William Curtis April 12, 1864 replaced John Lorimer Graham August 31, 1892 died
Alexander S. Johnson April 12, 1864 replaced John N. Campbell December 1873 resigned
Thomas G. Alvord January 1, 1865 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1866 term ended
Reuben Fenton January 1, 1865 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1868 term ended
William H. Goodwin January 24, 1865 replaced James S. Wadsworth February 17, 1876 died
Francis C. Barlow January 1, 1866 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1867 term ended
Stewart L. Woodford January 1, 1867 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1868 term ended
Homer A. Nelson January 1, 1868 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1871 term ended
Abram B. Weaver April 7, 1868 ex officio as Superintendent of Public Instruction April 7, 1874 term ended
John T. Hoffman January 1, 1869 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1872 term ended
Allen C. Beach January 1, 1869 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1872 term ended
John Augustus Griswold April 29, 1869 replaced Isaac Parks October 31, 1872 died
Francis Kernan February 10, 1870 replaced Samuel Luckey September 7, 1892 died
Oswald Ottendorfer April 14, 1870 replaced Gulian C. Verplanck 1873 resigned
John L. Lewis February 8, 1871 replaced Gideon Hawley 1890 died
Horatio G. Warner February 8, 1871 replaced Robert Campbell February 12, 1876 died
G. Hilton Scribner January 1, 1872 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1873 term ended
Henry R. Pierson April 24, 1872 replaced Erastus Corning January 1, 1890 died
John Adams Dix January 1, 1873 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1874 term ended
John C. Robinson January 1, 1873 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1874 term ended
Martin I. Townsend April 24, 1873 replaced John Augustus Griswold March 8, 1903 died
James W. Booth May 14, 1873 replaced Oswald Ottendorfer September 14, 1876 died
Diedrich Willers, Jr. January 1, 1874 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1875 term ended
Anson Judd Upson February 11, 1874 replaced Alexander S. Johnson June 15, 1902 died
Neil Gilmour April 7, 1874 ex officio as Superintendent of Public Instruction April 7, 1883 term ended
Samuel J. Tilden January 1, 1875 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1876 term ended
William Dorsheimer January 1, 1875 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1879 term ended
John Bigelow January 1, 1876 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1877 term ended
Augustus C. George March 9, 1876 replaced William H. Goodwin 1877 resigned
William L. Bostwick March 9, 1876 replaced Horatio G. Warner September 22, 1896 died
John Adams Dix March 29, 1876 replaced Prosper M. Wetmore 1877 resigned
Lucius Robinson January 1, 1877 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1879 term ended
Chauncey M. Depew January 31, 1877 replaced James W. Booth March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Charles E. Fitch January 31, 1877 replaced George R. Perkins March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Orris H. Warren April 11, 1877 replaced Augustus C. George November 23, 1901 died
Allen C. Beach January 1, 1878 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1879 term ended
Leslie W. Russell January 17, 1878 replaced John V. L. Pruyn September 1891 resigned
Whitelaw Reid January 17, 1878 replaced John Adams Dix March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Charles Emory Smith January 22, 1879 replaced Robert G. Rankin 1880 resigned
Alonzo B. Cornell January 1, 1880 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1882 term ended
George G. Hoskins January 1, 1880 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1882 term ended
Joseph B. Carr January 1, 1880 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1885 term ended
William H. Watson February 2, 1881 replaced Erastus C. Benedict March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Henry E. Turner February 2, 1881 replaced Charles Emory Smith March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Grover Cleveland January 1, 1883 ex officio as Governor January 6, 1865 resigned
David B. Hill January 1, 1883 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor January 6, 1885 became Governor
January 6, 1885 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1891 term ended
St. Clair McKelway January 10, 1883 replaced Robert S. Hale March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
William B. Ruggles April 7, 1883 ex officio as Superintendent of Public Instruction January 1, 1886 resigned
Dennis McCarthy January 6, 1885 ex officio as Acting Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1885 term ended
Hamilton Harris March 18, 1885 replaced J. Carson Brevoort December 14, 1900 died
Daniel Beach March 18, 1885 replaced Lorenzo Burrows March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
James E. Morrison January 1, 1886 ex officio as Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction April 7, 1886 term ended
Frederick Cook January 1, 1886 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1889 term ended
Edward F. Jones January 1, 1886 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1891 term ended
Willard A. Cobb February 2, 1886 replaced George W. Clinton 1895 resigned
Andrew S. Draper April 7, 1886 ex officio as Superintendent of Public Instruction April 7, 1892 term ended
Carroll E. Smith January 24, 1888 replaced Elias W. Leavenworth August 21, 1903 died
Frank Rice January 1, 1890 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1893 term ended
Pliny T. Sexton April 15, 1890 replaced John L. Lewis March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
T. Guilford Smith April 15, 1890 replaced Henry R. Pierson March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Roswell P. Flower January 1, 1892 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1894 term ended
William F. Sheehan January 1, 1892 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1894 term ended
William Croswell Doane February 10, 1892 replaced Leslie W. Russell March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
James F. Crooker April 7, 1892 ex officio as Superintendent of Public Instruction April 7, 1895 term ended
Francis McNeirny April 10, 1893 replaced Francis Kernan January 2, 1894 died
Lewis A. Stimson April 10, 1893 replaced George William Curtis March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
John Palmer January 1, 1894 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1898 term ended
Sylvester Malone March 29, 1894 replaced Francis McNeirny December 29, 1899 died
Levi P. Morton January 1, 1895 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1896 term ended
Charles T. Saxton January 1, 1895 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1896 term ended
Charles R. Skinner April 7, 1895 ex officio as Superintendent of Public Instruction March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Albert Vander Veer February 13, 1895 replaced Willard A. Cobb March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Frank S. Black January 1, 1897 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1898 term ended
Timothy L. Woodruff January 1, 1897 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor December 31, 1902 term ended
Chester S. Lord January 20, 1897 replaced William L. Bostwick March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Theodore Roosevelt January 1, 1899 ex officio as Governor December 31, 1900 term ended
John T. McDonough January 1, 1899 ex officio as Secretary of State December 31, 1902 term ended
Thomas A. Hendrick April 3, 1900 replaced Sylvester Malone 1904 resigned
Benjamin B. Odell, Jr. January 1, 1901 ex officio as Governor March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Robert C. Pruyn February 13, 1901 replaced Hamilton Harris March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
William Nottingham February 27, 1902 replaced Orris H. Warren March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Frank W. Higgins January 1, 1903 ex officio as Lieutenant Governor March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
John F. O'Brien January 1, 1903 ex officio as Secretary of State March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Charles A. Gardiner January 21, 1903 replaced Anson Judd Upson March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Charles S. Francis April 22, 1903 replaced Martin I. Townsend March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Eugene A. Philbin March 2, 1904 replaced Carroll E. Smith March 31, 1904 legislated out of office
Edward Lauterbach March 2, 1904 replaced Thomas A. Hendrick March 31, 1904 legislated out of office

Regents Sworn in Since the April 1, 1904 Reconfiguration[edit]

Regent Entered office Notes Left office Notes Judicial District
Eugene A. Philbin April 1, 1904 appointed to serve 5 years April 17, 1913 resigned 1st
St. Clair McKelway April 1, 1904 appointed to serve 2 years July 16, 1915 died 2nd
Charles S. Francis April 1, 1904 appointed to serve 11 years April 20, 1906 resigned 3rd
Albert Vander Veer April 1, 1904 appointed to serve 1 year April 1, 1905 term ended 3rd
April 25, 1906 replaced Charles S. Francis February 9, 1927 term ended
William Nottingham April 1, 1904 appointed to serve 3 years January 23, 1921 died 5th
Daniel Beach April 1, 1904 appointed to serve 4 years February 22, 1913 died 6th
Pliny T. Sexton April 1, 1904 appointed to serve 10 years September 5, 1924 died 7th
T. Guilford Smith April 1, 1904 appointed to serve 8 years February 21, 1912 died 8th
Charles A. Gardiner April 1, 1904 appointed to serve 6 years April 23, 1909 died At Large Seat 1
Edward Lauterbach April 1, 1904 appointed to serve 7 years March 31, 1911 term ended At Large Seat 2
Whitelaw Reid April 1, 1904 appointed to serve 9 years December 15, 1912 died At Large Seat 3
Lucian L. Shedden April 1, 1905 replaced Albert Vander Veer January 17, 1912 died 4th
Francis M. Carpenter April 1, 1909 seat added May 12, 1919 died 9th
Chester S. Lord April 28, 1909 replaced Charles A. Gardiner August 1, 1933 died At Large Seat 1
Abram I. Elkus April 1, 1911 replaced Edward Lauterbach November 24, 1919 resigned At Large Seat 2
Lucius N. Littauer February 14, 1912 replaced Lucian L. Shedden February 26, 914 resigned 4th
Adelbert Moot April 1, 1912 replaced T. Guilford Smith September 12, 1929 died 8th
Charles B. Alexander February 12, 1913 replaced Whitelaw Reid February 7, 1927 died At Large Seat 3
Andrew J. Shipman May 1913 replaced Eugene A. Philbin October 17, 1915 died 1st
John D. Moore March 26, 1913 replaced Daniel Beach March 31, 1919 term ended 6th
Walter Guest Kellogg March 10, 1914 replaced Lucius N. Littauer October 17, 1929 resigned 4th
William Berri February 8, 1916 replaced St. Clair McKelway April 19, 1917 died 2nd
James Byrne February 8, 1916 replaced Andrew J. Shipman July 30, 1937 Resigned 1st
Herbert L. Bridgman May 2, 1917 replaced William Berri September 24, 1924 died 2nd
Thomas J. Mangan April 1, 1919 replaced John Moore May 19, 1947 term ended 6th
William J. Wallin February 12, 1920 replaced Francis M. Carpenter March 31, 1957 retired 9th
William A. Bondy February 12, 1920 replaced Abram I. Elkus March 31, 1935 term ended At Large Seat 2
William P. Baker February 9, 1921 replaced William Nottingham January 8, 1930 died 5th
Robert W. Higbie February 11, 1925 replaced Herbert L. Bridgman June 20, 1936 died 2nd
Roland B. Woodward February 11, 1925 replaced Pliny T. Sexton December 27, 1946 died 7th
Florence Gibb Pratt March 17, 1929 replaced Charles B. Alexander

First woman regent

January 2, 1935 died At Large Seat 3
William Leland Thompson February 9, 1927 Replaced Albert Vander Veer March 31, 1951 term ended 3rd
John Lord O'Brian February 12, 1930 replaced Adelbert Mort October 21, 1946 resigned 8th
Grant C. Madill February 12, 1930 replaced Walter Guest Kellogg March 26, 1943 resigned 4th
George Hopkins Bond April 1, 1930 replaced William P. Baker February 5, 1953 resigned 5th
Owen D. Young February 14, 1934 replaced Chester S. Lord March 31, 1946 term ended At Large Seat 1
Susan Brandeis Gilbert February 13, 1935 replaced Florence Gibb Pratt March 31, 1949 term ended At Large Seat 3
Christopher C. Mollenhauer April 1, 1935 replaced William Bondy March 31, 1947 term ended At Large Seat 2
George J. Ryan February 10, 1937 replaced Robert W. Higbie March 31, 1941 term ended 2nd
Gordon Knox Bell February 9, 1938 replaced James Byrne April 1, 1944 term ended 1st
W. Kingsland Macy April 1, 1941 replaced George J. Ryan March 31, 1948 new seat created 2nd
March 31, 1948 seat added March 31, 1953 term ended 10th
John P. Myers February 9, 1944 replaced Grant C. Madill March 31, 1957 year of his 70th birthday 4th
Stanley Brady April 1, 1944 replaced Gordon Knox Bell December 31, 1948 resigned 1st
Edward R. Eastman April 1, 1946 replaced Owen D. Young March 31, 1956 year of his 70th birthday At Large Seat 1
Welles V. Moot February 12, 1947 replaced John Lord O'Brian March 31, 1956 year of his 70th birthday 8th
Caroline Werner Gannett February 12, 1947 replaced Roland B. Woodward March 31, 1964 resigned 7th
Roger W. Straus April 1, 1947 replaced Christopher C. Mollenhauer July 28, 1957 died At Large Seat 2
George L. Hinman February 11, 1948 replaced Thomas J. Mangan September 13, 1950 resigned 6th
Dominick F. Maurillo March 3, 1948 replaced W. Kingsland Macy September 7, 1962 resigned 2nd
John F. Brosnan February 9, 1949 Replaced Stanley Brady April 1, 1961 year of his 70th birthday 1st
Jacob L. Holtzmann April 1, 1949 replaced Susan Brandeis Gilbert March 31, 1958 year of his 70th birthday At Large Seat 3
Edgar W. Couper February 14, 1951 replaced George L. Hinman April 1, 1968 retired 6th
Alexander J. Allan, Jr. February 14, 1951 replaced William Leland Thompson April 1, 1978 term ended 3rd
Elwyn L. Smith February 25, 1953 replaced George Hopkins Bond April 1, 1954 term ended 5th
Cornelius W. Wickersham April 1, 1953 seat added March 31, 1955 year of his 70th birthday 10th
Thad L. Collum April 1, 1954 replaced Elwyn L. Smith January 31, 1967 term ended 5th
George L. Hubbell, Jr. April 1, 1955 replaced Cornelius W. Wickersham March 31, 1965 year of his 70th birthday 10th
T. Norman Hurd April 1, 1956 replaced Edward R. Eastman December 12, 1958 resigned At Large Seat 1
Charles W. Millard, Jr. April 1, 1956 replaced Welles V. Moot March 31, 1974 year of his 70th birthday 8th
Chester H. Lang April 1, 1957 replaced John P. Myers June 15, 1961 died 4th
Everett J. Penny April 1957 replaced William J. Wallin March 31, 1974 year of his 70th birthday 9th
Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. February 12, 1958 replaced Roger W. Straus March 31, 1978 year of his 70th birthday At Large Seat 2
Edward M. M. Warburg April 1, 1958 replaced Jacob L. Holtzmann March 31, 1975 term ended At Large Seat 3
J. Carlton Corwith February 3, 1959 replaced T. Norman Hurd December 7, 1966 died At Large Seat 1
Allen D. Marshall February 6, 1961 replaced Chester H. Lang March 31, 1965 term ended 4th
Joseph W. McGovern February 7, 1961 replaced John F. Brosnan March 31, 1975 resigned 1st
Joseph T. King February 4, 1963 seat added March 1, 1974 resigned 11th
March 31, 1974 replaced Max J. Rubin March 31, 1976 retired At Large Seat 4
Paul R. Falco April 3, 1963 replaced Dominick F. Maurillo May 1, 1963 died 2nd
Joseph C. Indelicato February 4, 1964 replaced Paul Falco March 31, 1977 resigned 2nd
Helen B. Power April 1, 1964 replaced Caroline Werner Gannett March 10, 1975 resigned 7th
Francis W. McGinley March 30, 1965 replaced Allen D Marshall March 31, 1976 year of his 70th birthday 4th
John I. Snyder April 1, 1965 replaced George L. Hubboll Jr. March 31, 1966 term ended 10th
George D. Weinstein June 23, 1965 replaced John I. Snyder March 5, 1969 died 10th
Max J. Rubin June 23, 1965 seat added June 3, 1973 resigned At Large Seat 4
Kenneth B. Clark February 8, 1966 replaced J. Carlton Corwith;

first African-American regent

March 31, 1986 term ended At Large Seat 1
Stephen Kemp Bailey February 21, 1967 replaced Thad Collum April 30, 1973 resigned 5th
Harold E. Newcomb February 3, 1969 replaced Edward Couper March 31, 1982 year of his 70th birthday 6th
Theodore Michael Black April 23, 1969 replaced George D. Weinstein April 1, 1980 retired 10th
Willard A. Genrich April 1, 1973 replaced Charles W. Millard, Jr. March 31, 1995 Removed by legislature[8] 8th
Emlyn I. Griffith May 23, 1973 replaced Stephen Kemp Bailey March 31, 1996 retired 5th
Genevieve Sanchez Klein March 26, 1974 replaced Joseph T. King;

first Puerto Rican regent

April 1, 1977 term ended 11th
William Jovanovich March 31, 1974 replaced Everett J. Penny March 31, 1977 resigned 9th
Mary Alice Kendall April 1, 1975 replaced Helen B. Power;

nomination was contested[9]

March 31, 1983 term ended 7th
Louis E. Yavner April 1, 1975 Edward M. M. Warburg;

nomination was contested[9]

March 31, 1981 resigned At Large Seat 3
Laura Bradley Chodos April 1, 1976 replaced Francis W. McGinley March 31, 1993 term ended 4th
Joseph R. Bongiorno April 1, 1977 replaced Joseph C. Indelicato May 3, 1980 died 2nd
Martin C. Barell April 1, 1976 replaced Joseph W. King January 13, 1993 died At Large Seat 4
Louise P. Matteoni March 31, 1977 replaced Genevieve Sanchez Klein March 31, 1998 term ended 11th
Jorge L. Batista April 1, 1975 replaced Joseph W. McGovern;

nomination was contested[9]

March 1, 1983 term ended 1st
April 1, 1983 seat added March 31, 1998 term ended 12th
J. Edward Meyer March 8, 1977 replaced William Jovanovich;

longest serving regent

March 31, 2000 retired 9th
Arlene B. Reed-Delaney April 5, 1978 replaced Alexander J. Allan, Jr.;

First African-American woman

September 30, 1980 resigned 3rd
R. Carlos Carballada April 5, 1978 replaced Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr March 31, 1999 term ended At Large Seat 2
Floyd S. Linton April 1, 1980 replaced Theodore Michael Black March 31, 1995 Removed by legislature[8] 10th
Mimi Levin Lieber May 19, 1981 replaced Louis E. Yavner March 31, 1995 term ended At Large Seat 3
Shirley C. Brown May 19, 1981 replaced Arlene B. Reed-Delaney July 20, 1995 resigned 3rd
Salvatore J. Sclafani May 19, 1981 replaced Joseph R. Bongiorno March 31, 1988 term ended 2nd
Adelaide L. Sanford March 25, 1986 replaced Kenneth B. Clark March 31, 2007 retired At Large Seat 1
Thomas Frey April 1, 1983 replaced Mary Alice Kendall December 31, 1987 resigned 7th
Norma Gluck March 31, 1983 seat added (district reconfigured) March 31, 1997 term ended 1st
Robert M. Best April 1, 1982 replaced Harold Newcomb January 8, 1984 resigned Binghamton
Walter Cooper April 1, 1988 replaced Thomas Frey March 31, 1997 retired 7th
Gerald J. Lustig April 1, 1988 replaced Salvatore J. Sclafani February 11, 1991 died 2nd
Carl T. Hayden March 31, 1990 replaced James McCabe, Sr. March 31, 2002 retired 6th
Diane O’Neill McGivern March 31, 1991 replaced Gerald J. Lustig March 31, 2005 retired 2nd
Saul B. Cohen March 1, 1993 replaced Martin C. Barell December 1, 2010 retired At Large Seat 4
James C. Dawson March 1, 1993 Laura Bradley Chodos March 31, 2015 term ended 4th
Robert M. Bennett April 1, 1995 replaced William Genrich March 31, 2015 term ended 8th
Robert M. Johnson April 1, 1995 replaced Floyd S. Linton May 15, 2004 resigned 10th
Peter M. Pryor April 1, 1996 replaced Shirley C. Brown March 31, 1999 retired 3rd
Anthony S. Bottar April 5, 1996 replaced Emlyn Griffith March 31, 2016 term ended 5th
Merryl Tisch April 1, 1996 replaced Mimi Levin Lieber March 31, 2016 retired At Large Seat 3
Harold O. Levy April 1, 1997 replaced Norma Gluck January 1, 2000 resigned 1st
Ena L. Farley April 1, 1997 replaced Walter Cooper March 31, 2002 term ended 7th
Geraldine D. Chapey April 1, 1998 replaced Louise Matteoni November 1, 2014 resigned 11th
Ricardo E. Oquendo April 1, 1998 replaced Jorge L. Batista March 31, 2000 resigned 12th
Arnold B. Gardner April 1, 1999 replaced R. Carlos Carballada March 31, 2009 term ended At Large Seat 2
Eleanor Powell Bartlett April 1, 1999 replaced Peter M. Pryor July 15, 2000 resigned 3rd
Charlotte K. Frank April 1, 2000 replaced Harold O. Levy March 31, 2002 term ended 1st
Harry Phillips III April 1, 2000 replaced J. Edward Meyer March 31, 2014 retired 9th
Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez April 1, 2001 replaced Ricardo E. Oquendo December 31, 2007 resigned 12th
Joseph E. Bowman April 1, 2001 replaced Eleanor Powell Bartlett June 15, 2010 resigned 3rd
Milton L. Cofield April 1, 2002 replaced Ena L. Farley March 31, 2011 term ended 7th
James R. Tallon, Jr. April 1, 2002 replaced Carl Hayden March 31, 2017 term ended 6th
Judith O. Rubin April 1, 2002 replaced Charlotte K. Frank December 31, 2003 resigned 1st
John Brademas April 1, 2004 replaced Judith O. Rubin March 31, 2007 term ended 1st
Carol Bellamy April 1, 2005 replaced Diane O’Neill McGivern February 2006 (?) resigned 2nd
Roger B. Tilles April 1, 2005 replaced Robert M. Johnson March 31, 2020 currently serving 10th
Karen Brooks Hopkins April 1, 2006 replaced Carol Bellamy March 31, 2011 term ended 2nd
Charles R. Bendit April 1, 2007 replaced John Brademas April 1, 2016 resigned 1st
Natalie Gomez-Velez April 1, 2007 replaced Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez March 31, 2008 term ended 12th
Lester W. Young, Jr. May 6, 2008 replaced Adelaide L. Sanford March 31, 2020 currently serving At Large Seat 1
Betty A. Rosa April 1, 2008 replaced Natalie Gomez-Hopkins March 31, 2018 currently serving 12th
Christine D. Cea April 1, 2009 seat added March 31, 2019 currently serving 13th
Wade S. Norwood April 1, 2009 replaced Arnold B. Gardner March 31, 2019 currently serving At Large Seat 2
James O. Jackson April 1, 2011 replaced Joseph E. Bowman March 10, 2014 resigned 3rd
Kathleen M. Cashin April 1, 2011 replaced Karen Brooks Hopkins March 31, 2020 currently serving 2nd
James E. Cottrell April 1, 2011 replaced Saul B. Cohen March 31, 2019 currently serving At Large Seat 4
T. Andrew Brown April 1, 2012 replaced Milton L. Cofield March 31, 2022 currently serving 7th
Josephine Finn March 11, 2014 replaced James Jackson March 31, 2019 currently serving 3rd
Judith Chin March 10, 2015 replaced Geraldine Chapey:

first Asian-American Regent

March 31, 2018 currently serving 11th
Beverly L. Ouderkirk March 10, 2015 replaced James C. Dawson March 31, 2020 currently serving 4th
Catherine Collins March 10, 2015 replaced Robert Bennett March 31, 2020 currently serving 8th
Judith Johnson April 1, 2015 replaced Henry Phillips III March 31, 2020 currently serving 9th
Nan Eileen Mead April 1, 2016 replaced Charles R. Bendit March 31, 2021 currently serving 1st
Elizabeth Smith Hakanson April 1, 2016 replaced Anthony Bottar March 31, 2021 currently serving 5th
Luis O. Reyes April 1, 2016 replaced Meryl Tisch March 31, 2021 currently serving At Large Seat 3
Susan W. Mittler April 1, 2017 replaced James Tallon, Jr. March 21, 2022 currently serving 6th

Chancellors[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ The New York Civil List (1858; pg. 333–339)
  3. ^ The regents of the University of the State of New York,1784-1959. Albany,. 1959-01-01. 
  4. ^ The regents of the University of the State of New York,1784-1959. Albany,. 1959-01-01. 
  5. ^ Chester, Alden; Williams, Edwin Melvin (1925). Courts and Lawyers of New York: A History, 1609-1925. The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 9781584774242. 
  6. ^ The regents of the University of the State of New York,1784-1959. Albany,. 1959-01-01. 
  7. ^ Williams, Lena (1985-12-30). "WIDER BAN ON FORCED RETIREMENT BEGINS IN STATE OF NEW YEAR'S DAY". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
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  9. ^ a b c "New York High Court Upholds Disputed Election of 3 Regents". New York Times. Retrieved October 28, 2017.