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William Bagley ’52 Named UC Berkeley Alumnus of the Year
The California Alumni Association has chosen William Bagley ’52 as Cal’s Alumnus of the Year. The highest honor given by the association, the award is presented to an alumnus who has achieved distinction through contribution to Cal’s international, national, state or community welfare. Bagley will be honored at the 2003 Charter Banquet in March.

Following his graduation from UC Berkeley in 1949 and Boalt Hall in 1952, Bagley set up a small law practice. In 1960 he won a seat in the California State Assembly representing Marin and Sonoma counties. As a legislator, he successfully wrote more than 500 bills, which included major tax and welfare reform. After leaving the legislature, he served on a number of public agencies, including the advisory board of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. He was appointed by President Ford as the first chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He also became a member of the California Public Utilities Commission, and a member, and then chair, of the California Transportation Commission. In the early 1980s, he joined the firm of Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliott, where he is now a senior partner in the San Francisco office.

In the late 1980s, Bagley was appointed by Governor George Dukemajian to fill a vacancy on the Board of Regents. He served one year and was then appointed to his own 12-year term in 1990. “As a regent, Bill Bagley was a principled, courageous and committed champion of the University,” says David P. Gardner, 1988 Alumnus of the Year and former president of the University of California. “As a Berkeley alumnus, he remains one of its outspoken defenders, cherishing his memories as a student and advancing its future.”

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