Chairman of San Diego Padres leaving UC Board of Regents

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From a Times Staff Writer

John Moores, chairman of the San Diego Padres, announced Monday that he was resigning from the University of California Board of Regents effective immediately.

Moores sent a brief resignation letter to board Chairman Richard Blum but gave no reason for his decision. Contacted by telephone, Moores declined to comment.

Moores became an outspoken member of the board after his appointment in 1999 by then-Gov. Gray Davis. He challenged UC admissions policies and in 2003 released a report showing that UC Berkeley had admitted hundreds of students with SAT scores far below the freshman average.


Moores also advocated a ban on UC researchers accepting money from tobacco companies to conduct research on tobacco.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will appoint a successor to fill the remainder of Moores’ term, which would have expired in March 2009.