Who's Running for University of Michigan Board of Regents?

OUTCOME: Republican Ron Weiser and Democrat Denise Ilitch were elected to the UM Board of Regents in a statewide race. (In Washtenaw County, Ilitch and Democrat Larry Deitch received the majority of votes.) For more results, check the Washtenaw County elections site.

The University of Michigan Board of Regents consists of eight members elected at large in biennial statewide elections. The president of UM serves as an ex-officio member of the board. These are unpaid positions (though there are other perks provided by the university) with eight-year terms. Each year, two positions on the board are up for election.

According to the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the regents have “general supervision” of the institution and “the control and direction of all expenditures from the institution’s funds.” The university operates campuses in Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn. There are 19 schools and colleges, over 43,000 students, about 7,000 faculty and 14,000 staff. UM’s budget of roughly $7 billion includes the UM Health System, which accounts for about half of that amount. More information about the university is available in the Michigan Almanac.

Candidates for these seats are nominated by each political party at the party's state convention.

Below you'll find links to candidate profiles for this race. You can check out our Voter Basics page for more details about the voting process. If you need to see a SAMPLE BALLOTclick here.


In addition to the main party candidates profiled above, there are several other candidates on the ballot. Below are their names (in alphabetical order) and party affiliations, with links to their campaign finance information and campaign website, if available.

Bridgette Abraham-Guzman – Natural Law
Audra Driscoll – US Taxpayers
Richard Hewer – US Taxpayers
James L. Hudler – Libertarian
John Jascob – Libertarian
Latham Redding – Green