When the University of California Board of Regents meets on affirmative action this month, Gov. Pete Wilson will vote to end race- and gender-based preferences and will urge other regents to join him, his office announced Thursday.
As governor, Wilson serves as president of the regents, but he rarely attends meetings. The last meeting he attended was in January, 1992, when he and 19 other regents voted to raise undergraduate fees 24%.
But as university regents consider whether to end the use of race and gender as criteria in UC's hiring, contracting and admissions, Wilson--who has made affirmative action a central target of his fledgling presidential campaign--issued a statement pledging that at the July 20 meeting he will vote to "end the unfairness."
"As we strive to achieve equality of opportunity under the law, we cannot tolerate a system in our public universities under which only half of the student body is admitted on academic merit alone," Wilson's statement said.