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Robert Samuels appointed to UC investment advisory group

The University of California Board of Regents on March 17 appointed Robert Samuels to its investment advisory group, for a term to begin April 1, 2011, and end March 31, 2012.

Paul Wachter, chair of the Regents’ committee on investments, recommended the appointment to the Regents’ governance committee which in turn advanced the recommendation to the full board.

The investment advisory group consists of four to seven advisors to provide general advice to the Regents’ committee on investments. Membership is limited to investment professionals, faculty, UC Foundation members not currently serving as Regents and a union-represented UC employee with expertise in investments.

Samuels is a lecturer in the Writing Programs at UC Los Angeles, where he has taught since 2002. He also currently serves as the president of the University Council, American Federation of Teachers, one of the labor unions representing UC employees.

He was nominated for the appointment by the UC-AFT, as well as the University Professional & Technical Employees – Communications Workers of America Local 919; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299; the California Nurses Association; the United Automobile Workers Local 2865 and the UAW International Representative for Local 5810.

In addition to serving as president of the UC-AFT, he is the associate director and treasurer of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society and a contributing editor to the Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. He graduated from Cornell University and has a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University.

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