Last Tuesday, the Legislature met in a joint session and elected three candidates to fill open seats on the state Board of Regents.

The new Regents are:

  • Nan Eileen Mead, a member of a Community Education Council in New York (District 3), who was elected to complete the reminder of Charles Bendit’s term as Regent from the 1st Judicial District (Manhattan);
  • Luis Reyes, who will succeed former Regents’ Chancellor Merryl Tisch in an “at-large” seat on the board. He is a former member of the New York City Board of Education, and has been an adjunct education professor at a number of CUNY schools whose work has focused on bilingual education and Puerto Rican students; and
  • Elizabeth Smith Hakanson, who will serve as Regent for the 5th Judicial District (Syracuse area), formerly held Vice Chancellor Anthony Bottar.  She was a Syracuse public schools teacher for almost 32 years.

The Board of Regents is expected to choose a new Chancellor and Vice Chancellor at its next meeting later this month.