CSU Alumni

Alumni Trustee Election Information for Potential Candidates

Governor Brown and Chancellor WhiteThe CSU Alumni Council appoints the Alumni Trustee to the CSU Board of Trustees, the governing body of the California State University. The term of Alumni Trustee Lou Monville, currently the board's chair, ends on June 30, 2016. The Alumni Council is in the process of soliciting and evaluating nominations from campuses for the next Alumni Trustee.

The California State University Board of Trustees

Dumke Conference Center at the CSU Chancellor's OfficeThe California State University is governed by the CSU Board of Trustees which is charged by state law with broad policy oversight of the university and its 23 campuses. The board has authority over curricular development, use of property, development of facilities, and fiscal and human resources management. There are 25 trustees. The Alumni Trustee is appointed by the CSU Alumni Council and serves a two year term that can be renewed by the Alumni Council up to three additional times (a total of eight years).  The Alumni Trustee is the only trustee directly appointed to the Board of Trustees without review by the Governor or Legislature.  For more information on the Board of Trustees visit here.

The California State University Alumni Council

Alumni Trustee Lou MonvilleThe CSU Alumni Council is the representative voice of the CSU's 3 million alumni and plays an active role in helping to shape CSU policy and participating in strategic decision-making.  The Alumni Council is comprised of two representatives from each of the 23 CSU campuses (an appointed Alumni Volunteer and the campus Alumni Relations Director) and four systemwide representatives including the Alumni Trustee.  The Alumni Council is a 501(c)(3) California nonprofit corporation.

The CSU Alumni Council’s mission is to represent and support the interests of the campus alumni associations, alumni and the CSU. It accomplishes this by promoting and engaging the university and its alumni, advocating for the university, and facilitating professional development of the member associations.  For more information visit here.

Among its other duties, the CSU Alumni Council is responsible for appointing the Alumni Trustee to the California State University Board of Trustees. Read more about current Alumni Trustee Lou Monville, pictured above, here.

Nomination and Election Process

The alumni association for each campus may nominate up to two alumni for the position of Alumni Trustee.  If you are interested in being considered as a nominee, please contact your campus alumni association to learn about their process for determining nominees.  The nomination period runs from September 1 to November 30, 2015.  The Alumni Trustee must be a graduate of a CSU campus.

CSU Chancellor's Office in Long BeachThe process of vetting nominees is managed by the Alumni Council Trustee Selection & Evaluation Committee (TSEC).  From among the nominees, the TSEC will select semi-finalists to be interviewed in-person at the CSU Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach on February 3-4, 2016.  From among the semi-finalists, finalists will be chosen to be interviewed by the full Alumni Council board of directors at their meeting on April 8, 2016.  The Alumni Trustee will be elected at that meeting by a majority vote of the Alumni Volunteer members of the Alumni Council.  The term will begin on July 1, 2016 and run until June 30, 2018.

The entire process is governed by the Alumni Trustee Selection Policy which is available here.

Nomination & Election Timeline
September 1, 2015: Nomination period opens; campuses begin nomination process.

November 30, 2015, 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time: Nomination period closes; all nominations due to Alumni Council.

Week of December 14, 2015: All candidates contacted regarding status. Semi-finalists scheduled for interview.

February 3-4, 2016: Semi-finalist interviews at CSU Chancellor's Office in Long Beach.

April 8, 2016: Finalist interviews and election at Alumni Council Annual Meeting.

July 1, 2016: Term of newly elected Alumni Trustee begins.


If you have questions about the process or position, please contact your campus alumni association or Aaron Moore, Executive Director, CSU Alumni Council at (562) 951-4509 or by email.