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Inland Area Has a UC Regent

Inland Area Attorney Bruce Varner Appointed to UC Board of Regents

His appointment ends a more than four-year drought of representation for the Inland Empire.

(August 18, 2006)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today (Fri. expected) the appointment of Bruce D. Varner, a prominent Inland area attorney, to the University of California Board of Regents. Varner is the first person from the Inland region appointed since the end of S. Sue Johnson’s term in March, 2002.

The 26-member board makes policy for the University of California system. It includes the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the Assembly, the superintendent of public instruction, the president and vice president of the University of California Alumni Association, the president of the University, one student, two faculty members (non-voting) and 18 public members appointed by the Governor to 12-year terms. There is no salary that comes with service as a Regent.

Varner, 69, would start his 12-year term next month, at the meeting in San Francisco starting Sept. 19. Appointees start immediately and the State Senate confirms or denies the appointment during the first year.

“I am thrilled that Bruce Varner has been selected as a UC Regent,” said UCR Chancellor France A. Córdova. “He brings so much wisdom as well as a broad background to this distinguished position. He is a much valued UCR trustee, and he is a member of leading citizens groups in both Riverside and San Bernardino counties.”

Córdova said Varner has been a supportive advisor to the campus. “He will be an excellent ambassador to the Regents about the growth, vitality, and promise of the Inland Empire. I look forward to working with him on UC initiatives and policy in his role as Regent," she said.

Varner is a partner in the law firm of Varner & Brandt LLP, with offices in Riverside and Upland. He serves as general counsel to several major businesses in the area. He is a member of the State Bar of California; the State Bar of Montana; the American Bar Association; San Bernardino County Bar Association; and the Riverside County Bar Association.

He has been a member of the UCR Foundation Board of Trustees since December 1994. He also serves on boards affiliated with Stater Bros. Inc., the board of California State University San Bernardino; the Monday Morning Group; the San Bernardino Baseball Stadium Commission; the National Orange Show. He is also a member and past chairman of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, among many other affiliations.

He is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, and of the UC Hastings School of Law.
He and his wife, Nancy, live in Redlands. They have four grown children.

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