Commendation for Dr. Henry (Hank) Reichman

AS-2984-10/East Bay Delegation

WHEREAS, Henry (Hank) Reichman has served with great distinction, verve, virtue, and vigilance, on the Academic Senate of California State University (ASCSU) since 2002, honorably representing his home campus, California State University, East Bay (CSUEB; formerly Hayward), where he likewise has served in many capacities in faculty governance, including History Department Chair and Chair of the CSUEB Academic Senate; and

WHEREAS, Hank Reichman’s contributions as Chair of Fiscal and Government Affairs; member-at-large of the Executive Committee; member of Faculty Affairs and of Academic Affairs have been characterized by the application of his formidable intellect, his rapier wit, command of the bon mot, and his diligence in actualizing the highest ideals of faculty governance; and

WHEREAS, Hank Reichman has further demonstrated his unflagging commitment to service through his participation on such systemwide committees as the General Education Advisory Committee; the Budget Analysis Task Force; the Shared Governance Committee; the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates; the Advisory Committee on Alternate Archives; the Admissions Advisory Council; as well as liaison to the California State Student Association; California Faculty Association; and Alumni Council; and

WHEREAS, Hank Reichman as a true bibliophile, as well as omnivore and oenophile, has particularly relished his role as liaison to the Council of Library Directors; and

WHEREAS, Hank Reichman is an expert on academic freedom and one of its fiercest defenders in the ASCSU; and

WHEREAS, Hank Reichman has justly won the esteem of his Senate colleagues, who recommended him to serve as CSU Faculty Trustee; and

WHEREAS, Hank Reichman has proven to be an invaluable link between the ASCSU and the CFA, demonstrating that he can look still fashionable wearing more than one hat at a time; and

WHEREAS, Hank Reichman’s address to his colleagues and students at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) upon receiving the Outstanding Professor of the Year award there in 1999 is a passionate, must-read defense of the Humanities at a time when they most seem in jeopardy; and

WHEREAS, Hank Reichman has navigated huge SUVs through LAX traffic in order to ferry a boatload of chatty, back-seat-driving senators to and from the plenary on time, saving money for the system while providing said senators with high-level cabby dialogue and gossip; and

WHEREAS, Hank Reichman’s longtime colleagues and the newer senators he has mentored will sorely miss his collegiality, his sagacity and perspective, while the newest senators will only come to know Hank as “The Man/The Myth”; therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU warmly express its deep gratitude to Hank for his extraordinary service to the CSU and the ASCSU; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU extend to Hank an open invitation to return and visit us should he find himself in Long Beach; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU wish Hank well as he begins the next chapter of his life continuing to pursue his scholarship and teaching in the fields of Russian and European history and, as an avid baseball fan and chronicler of the sport, perhaps to fit in a few more home games (“Go A’s!”) at the Coliseum.


Approved by Acclamation- September 15-16, 2010

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