Faculty Involvement in the California State University’s
Chancellor Search and Academic Qualifications of the New Chancellor

AS-2379-97/FA - September 11-12, 1997

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University endorse Chair James Highsmith’s letter to CSU Board of Trustees’ Chair Martha Fallgatter, dated August 13, 1997, which calls for faculty representation in the search for a chancellor; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU request and urge that the Board of Trustees appoint CSU faculty representatives to serve on the search committee for the new chancellor; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the CSU Board of Trustees to select a person as chancellor who has:

• strong academic credentials and background appropriate for the award of tenure in the CSU,

• significant experience as a president, chancellor, chief academic officer, or equivalent officer of a nationally respected university or multi-campus system, and

• substantial experience in, and first-hand knowledge of, a university from the full range of executive and business responsibilities to student-professor relationships, including conditions that are necessary for an effective learning environment.

RATIONALE: The Senate is concerned about the limited faculty role in this process as summarized by Chair Highsmith in his August 13, 1997, letter. The University is first and foremost the faculty. While other constituencies are important, it is the faculty that the University relies on to provide the learning experience for our students. It is the faculty who best understand what is necessary for a successful educational process. It is the faculty who spend their entire professional lives in the academy and who have the institutional memory so essential for a well-functioning University. And finally, it is the faculty who have the fullest professional and personal commitment to quality education and scholarship. As such, it is crucial that faculty have a direct role in selecting the individual in whose hands the fate of California higher education rests. Including faculty in the search process for a new Chancellor will contribute significantly to the deliberative process. Faculty involvement will assure faculty that the Board of Trustees respects and honors the faculty’s role in the shared governance of the university.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY – September 11-12, 1997

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