Commendation for Dr. F. Benjamin Quillian, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer


WHEREAS, Dr. Ben Quillian’s affiliation with the California State University dates back more than two decades; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Ben Quillian’s first assignment within the CSU was as Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer of California State University, Fresno from 1993-2003; and

WHEREAS, after that initial assignment, Dr. Ben Quillian became Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the American Council on Education from 2003-2008; and

WHEREAS, after that successful assignment on the national stage, Dr. Ben Quillian realized he missed the California State University System so much that he returned to become its Chief Financial Officer; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Ben Quillian demonstrated a keen sense of timing by choosing to return to the CSU precisely at the time the system was facing unprecedented budget cuts and financial crises; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Ben Quillian became so skilled at politely delivering (while never sugarcoating) the sometimes catastrophic budget news at Academic Senate plenary meetings that he earned the affectionate nickname "Bad-News Ben;" and

WHEREAS, Throughout his tenure as Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Ben Quillian ably, calmly, and often with a sense of good humor and great style shepherded the CSU through one of the most challenging periods of its history; therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) acknowledge Dr. Ben Quillian’s strong leadership and commitment to the financial well-being of the CSU; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU thank Dr. Ben Quillian for his efforts to work collegially with the Academic Senate in a spirit of shared governance; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU wish Dr. Ben Quillian and his family the very best of health, happiness, and success upon his retirement as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.

Approved by Acclamation – October 31, 2013



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