Her patron, then-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, announced her re-election in a release here.
Silver is facing charges on corruption and fraud and may soon be in prison.
He's also facing a coup from his Assembly Dems.
It was reported tonight that he will be forced from the speakership by Monday if he hasn't formally resigned by then.
Now Tisch is Shelly's pal, they know each other from the old days on the Lower East Side.
She's faced a lot of criticism for her handling of the Common Core roll-out, her oversight (or lack thereof) of the charter school approval process, and the reform agenda she has pushed on the state.
But she serves as Regents Chancellor because Silver wants her there and has used his enormous influence and power to keep her there.
Carol Burris wrote a blog piece back in December that concluded Tisch would remain in power despite her failures as chancellor because of this:
Given the current system of appointment, Merryl Tisch, who has wealth and deep political connections, will likely remain in power. She is married to billionaire James S. Tisch, the CEO of the Loews Corporation, and has been a friend since childhood of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who controls the appointments through the votes of the Assembly. The people of New York have no direct mechanism to have her removed.
Tisch still remains wealthy and married to that source of wealth - that part of the power dynamic hasn't changed.
But with her ally Silver disgraced and soon to be gone from power, there looks like there will be a real shot to show Merryl Tisch the door next year.
She was re-elected in April 2011 to a five year term - she'll face another election in April 2016.
We should start mobilizing opposition to her as Regents Chancellor now, parents and teachers, so that her Reign of Error at the Board of Regents can be ended.