Legislative lawyer wrong on regent

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2007

I think the opinion by legislative attorney Jean Mischel is incorrect ("Lawyer: Governor may remove university regent," Sunday's Juneau Empire).

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The Board of Regents is a constitutional board, and there is no provision in the Alaska Constitution for removal, whether for cause or otherwise, of a regent once appointed and confirmed. In past years, when the occasion arose (and I can think of at least one, during my term on the board from 1983 to 1991), members of the board approached that particular regent and asked him to resign "for the good of the University" - and he did, as Jim Hayes should do here.

Gordon E. Evans


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