The California State University Employee Update
Friday, May 21, 2010

CSU Leaders Advocate for Budget in Sacramento Monday

Delegations from the CSU's 23 campuses will meet with legislators in Sacramento Monday garnering support for the Governor's May Revision of the FY 2010-11 state budget. The budget restores a $305 million one-time cut to the CSU's current budget and includes an additional $60.6 million in funding for the CSU's enrollment growth. Timely adoption of the governor's budget means CSU campuses could begin restoring access for students in the 2010-2011 academic year and could serve as many as 29,000 more students. More students will provide the state with more graduates into its workforce, supplying California's competitive industries with the highly skilled professionals they need to succeed.

The CSU's recently released economic impact study revealed that it plays a critical role in the state's economic recovery supporting more than 150,000 jobs annually and generating $17 billion annually in economic activity. Moreover, the CSU provides a five-fold return on the state's investment, generating $5.43 for every state dollar. More information.

Three Finalists Named for Cal Poly SLO Presidency

Sona K. Andrews, provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of geosciences at Boise State University, Carlo Montemagno, dean and professor of engineering education at the University of Cincinnati, and Steven R. Angle, provost and professor of chemistry at Wright State University will vie for the presidency of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Each of the three finalists will spend a day on campus next week meeting faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community (Andrews, May 24; Montemagno, May 25; and Angle, May 26). An open forum will be held daily for the campus community from 4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Laboratories.

"We are very fortunate to be able to select the next president of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from among three tremendously experienced candidates," said CSU Trustee Roberta Achtenberg, chair of the Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President. "The person who ultimately fills this role will embody Cal Poly's learn-by-doing philosophy as an educator and administrator with the ability to form lasting partnerships with students, faculty and the community."

The new president will succeed retiring president Warren J. Baker who has served since 1979.

The CSU Board of Trustees will interview the three finalists at a special board meeting on June 2 and name the president later that week. The trustees will set the president's salary at a subsequent board meeting, and the new president will begin later this summer. More information.