The Honorable the Members of the Board of Regents
Appointment to the Committee on the Professions
January 26, 2010
Issue for Decision (Consent Agenda)
Should the Board of Regents approve the appointment of Lawrence P. De Mers, Director of the Division of Professional Licensing Services, to the Committee on the Professions?
Reason(s) for Consideration
Required by Rules of the Board of Regents
The question will come before the full Board at its February 2010 meeting where it will be voted on and action taken.
Part 24 of the Rules of the Board of Regents establishes the Committee on the Professions and requires the appointment of members by the Board of Regents.
The Committee on the Professions (COP) was established by the Board of Regents to assist the Board in supervising admission to and regulation of the licensed professions. Composed of three Department officers designated by the Board, the COP considers atypical licensure cases wherein applicants seek to meet given requirements by submitting credentials that are the substantial equivalent in scope and content to those normally presented. The COP also makes final determinations concerning questions of moral character for purposes of initial licensure; hears and makes recommendations to the Regents concerning requests for restoration of a professional license that has been revoked or surrendered; and reviews and makes recommendations to the Regents on proposed penalties in Consent Orders related to professional misconduct.
Several current COP members have recently left the Department. As a result, it has become more difficult to plan meetings of the COP for which the requisite 3-member panel must be selected. In October 2009, the Board of Regents approved Gayle Bowden’s appointment to serve on COP, but additional Committee members continue to be needed because of the busy schedules of all of the current members. Accordingly, I am recommending the addition of Lawrence P. De Mers, Director of the Division of Professional Licensing Services, to the roster of COP members (attached). Mr. De Mers has expressed interest in participating in the licensing and disciplinary processes by serving on the COP, and would be a valuable addition to the Committee.
VOTED: that the Board of Regents approve the attached roster of the Committee on the Professions, effective February 9, 2010.
Timetable for Implementation
Committee on the Professions
Roster of Members
(Effective February 9, 2010)
Robert G. Bentley, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Teaching Initiatives
Gayle Bowden, Director, Office of Human Resources Management
Jeffrey Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education
Rebecca H. Cort, Deputy Commissioner for Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Lawrence P. De Mers, Director of the Division of Professional Licensing Services
Steven M. Earle, Director of the Office for Diversity, Ethics and Access
Joseph P. Frey, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Higher Education
Stanley S. Hansen, Jr., Executive Coordinator, Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs
Frank Munoz, Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Professions
Erin O’Grady-Parent, Acting Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs
Leslie Templeman, Director of Management Operations, P-12
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