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Information about the Board of Regents

The Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York was created by the New York State Legislature in 1784. The Board is the oldest, continuous state education entity in the United States of America. The Regents oversee general supervision of all educational activities within the University of the State of New York, the nation’s most comprehensive and unified educational system.

The University consists of all elementary, secondary, and post secondary educational institutions, libraries, museums, public broadcasting, records and archives, professions, Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, and such other institutions, organizations, and agencies as may be admitted to The University. The concept of The University of the State of New York is a broad term encompassing all the institutions, both public and private, offering education in the State.

The Board is comprised of 16 members elected by the State Legislature for 5 year terms: 1 from each of the State’s 12 judicial districts and 4 members who serve at large. Regents are unsalaried and are reimbursed only for travel and related expenses in connection with their official duties.



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