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California State University Board of Trustees Begin
Search for Next Chancellor

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(June 12, 2012) - California State University Board Chair Bob Linscheid today announced the appointment of seven trustee members to serve on the Special Committee for the Selection of the Chancellor.  The Special Committee, chaired by Trustee Bill Hauck, will hold its first meeting on June 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Chancellor's Office in Long Beach to receive input from CSU stakeholders and the public.  The committee will meet in closed session following the public forum to discuss additional issues related to the search.

"The purpose of the meeting is to listen to CSU constituencies and hear their views about what qualities the committee should look for in the next chancellor," said Hauck.  "We are committed to having the CSU community and various stakeholders have a voice, and the committee will be seeking their input and feedback.  Just as importantly, the board's responsibility is to select the very best person for the job."

Other trustees appointed to the committee include Roberta Achtenberg, Bernadette Cheyne (faculty), Debra Farar, Kenneth Fong, Steven Glazer, Jillian Ruddell (student), and board chair Bob Linscheid (alumni) as ex officio.  The trustee selection committee includes a range of members, including student, faculty and alumni representatives. 

In addition, the public can provide input or direct questions to the selection committee by sending an email to  Also, CSU has established a webpage at that provides information on the selection process, as well as links to relevant information.  Finally, CSU has established an executive search page where the position description and recruitment ad that is appearing in national publications is posted.

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed announced his retirement on May 24 following a 14-year tenure with the university system, and said he will remain until the board selects the next chancellor.  It is expected that the board will finalize the chancellor selection sometime this fall.


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