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a friend-- was apparently in his office, Max Rubin, got on the
phone and said, “Well, congratulations, and I'm particularly happy
that you are now the freshman and that will move me up to being a
sophomore on the Board of Regents.” The Regents operate in terms
of tenure really and you sit at the Regents' table in terms of your
tenure. And I in and that was that, I guess. The NEW YORK TIMES
wrote a fine editorial on my election to the Regents.
I do not recall having been elated. I really don't. I had
just a general notion of the role and responsibility of the Regents
of the State of New York. But it was general. And then I started
receiving material with information, and one of the things that
struck me about the role of Regents, or the Board of Regents, was
that it seemed to me to have an excess amount of power in the area
of education. The Regents were constitutionally responsible for
education from nursery school up through professions, graduate and
professional schools, and the monitoring of all professions,
licensing professions, except the legal profession.
Yes, the legal profession.
Includes medical though?
Medical. All professions that require a state license come
under the auspices of the Board of Regents. They set standards.
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