S. Stephen Nakashima announced his resignation Friday as a member of the University of California Board of Regents.
Nakashima, 79, cited the death of his wife in 1999 and his failing health as reasons for his decision to step down. His resignation is effective immediately.
Board of Regents Chairman S. Sue Johnson lauded Nakashima for his years of service on the board.
“Stephen Nakashima has been a dedicated representative of the people and University of California,” Johnson said. “The entire UC community is extremely grateful for his many years of devoted service, and we wish him well.”
Nakashima was first appointed to the board by former Gov. George Deukmejian in 1989. He was reappointed by former Gov. Pete Wilson in 1992 to a term expiring in 2004.