Kieffer met with representatives from the ASUC, the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate and the Graduate Assembly. The regent is also a composer, and he performed his own piece at a faculty dinner alongside UC Berkeley student musicians.
A lawyer based in Los Angeles, Kieffer was appointed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the UC Board of Regents in 2009. He is a UC alumnus who earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UC Santa Barbara and graduated from the UCLA School of Law. He previously served as chair of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors from 1983 to 1985 and also served on the blue ribbon commission to review the California Master Plan for Higher Education.
The Daily Californian sat down with Kieffer to talk tuition, UC President Janet Napolitano and the challenges the university faces today. Answers have been edited for clarity and length.