INDIANAPOLIS—Lumina Foundation for Education announced today the election of Mark G. Yudof to the Foundation’s board of directors. Yudof is president of the University of California, a system with 10 campuses, more than 220,000 students and more than 1.6 million alumni. Prior to his appointment to this position in 2008, he served as chancellor of the University of Texas system and as president of the University of Minnesota campuses.

“Mark Yudof is a greatly respected leader among higher education officials,” said John M. Mutz, chairman of Lumina’s board. “Through his daily interaction with faculty, students and administrators at some of the country’s largest higher education systems, he has developed insights, fortitude and compassion that will serve our Board well,” Mutz added.

Yudof is a recognized expert in the fields of constitutional law, freedom of expression and education law. He has dedicated his professional life to higher education, having started at the University of Texas in 1971 as an assistant professor of law. Along with his responsibilities at the University of California, Yudof is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute. He is a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and formerly served a two-year term on the U.S. Department of Education’s Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy.

Yudof earned an undergraduate degree in political science and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has since received the Alumni Award of Merit and the James Wilson Award from Penn. He and his wife Judy were co-recipients of the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award, a humanitarian award, in 1993.

See a complete list of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Lumina Foundation for Education is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college — especially low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners. Our goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials from 39 percent to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our communications and convening power to build public will for change.

For more information, contact Dianna L. Boyce, Communication Associate, at 317.951.5116.

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