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December 16, 2018

Behm to chair Board of Regents; Richner named vice chair

June 15, 2017

Behm to chair Board of Regents; Richner named vice chair

Topic: Regents

Regent Michael Behm will serve as the next chair of the Board of Regents for a one-year term beginning July 1. Regent Andrew Richner was named vice chair when President Mark Schlissel announced the positions at Thursday's monthly board meeting.

According to the regents' bylaws, the chair and vice chair are appointed based on seniority, and the vice chair automatically succeeds to the position of chair.

Primary duties of the chair include: setting the annual schedule of meetings, agenda and major topics for presentation or study by the board; monitoring committee agenda planning for coordination and comprehensiveness; acting as spokesperson and convener of the board, when appropriate; presiding over executive sessions when held without the president; and appointing the chair and members of the ad hoc and standing committees.

If the president is unable to attend a public meeting or must be out of the room during any part of the meeting, the chair will preside. If the chair is unable to perform the duties, the vice chair will assume them.

Schlissel thanked Regent Mark Bernstein for his work as chair of the regents during the last year.

Also, Regent Denise Ilitch reflected upon Bernstein's direction.

"You’ve done a phenomenal job last year and you are a wonderful leader," Ilitch said.