Irvine, California, July 30, 2018 – The University of California, Irvine Alumni Association has chosen William T. Um '90 to represent all former UC students as a two-year member of the UC Board of Regents, effective as of July 1.
In addition to promoting awareness of alumni concerns among the regents, he will serve as secretary of the Alumni Associations of the University of California, the umbrella organization that acts on behalf of all UC alumni groups. during his first year as appointed regent and then becoming president of the AAUC and a full regent with voting rights.
The selection of a regent student rotates between UC campuses. The last appointed by UCI was Bruce Hallett '78, who held the position from 2010 to 2012.
"I am deeply honored to represent the UC and UCI system specifically," said Um. "As a former student, guest speaker, board member and delegate to several AAUC conferences, I believe that my diverse perspective will help me become a more effective alumni regent."
Um is a nationally recognized litigation and litigation attorney with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in Beverly Hills. He has 25 years of experience managing complex commercial disputes, arbitrations and mediations throughout the United States. He has advised corporate boards, corporate executives, risk managers and internal advisors on a variety of legal issues and sophisticated business disputes. Included in the 2017 and 2018 editions of America's Best Lawyers for insurance law, he has also been featured as a Southern California Super Attorney at Los Angeles Magazine . ]
Um earned a bachelor's degree in economics and psychology from ICU in 1990 and a JD cum laude from Boston University in 1993. For the past five years, he has served on the board of directors of UCI Alumni. Association. In addition, she is a member of the Dean's Leadership Society of the UCI Faculty of Social Sciences and is a board member of the Inner City Law Center, a non-profit organization that fights against homelessness in Los Angeles. .
"Now, more than ever, we need a representative who understands the challenges faced by many of our UC students," said Brian Hervey, UCI vice chancellor for college advancement and alumni relations. "With his legal background and his passion for affordability and access to college, William Um is that representative."
As a former student manager, Um hopes to address the major issues facing the University of California, including the rising cost of education and the protection of freedom of expression on campus. He believes that the UC system must continue to balance its goal of attracting only the best and brightest in the world with its commitment, as a public university, to provide a high-caliber educational experience for all qualified California students, regardless of their origin or circumstance.
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