CSU Announces Search Committees for Three New Presidents

September 18, 2003 -- Three California State University presidents at Chico, Sacramento and Pomona have announced that they will retire in summer 2003. Combined, they have served the CSU an extraordinary 83 years. The CSU Board of Trustees will begin searches for new presidents for the three campuses during the next several months.

CSU Sacramento President Don Gerth will be retiring after 19 years as president, and 45 total years in the CSU system, including eight years as president of CSU Dominguez Hills. He also served 12 years in academic and administrative positions at CSU Chico and a year at the CSU Chancellor's Office as associate dean of institutional relations and student affairs. He began at the CSU in 1958 at San Francisco State University as a faculty member, where he also served as associate dean of students. He is the longest serving president of CSU Sacramento.

Under the CSU Board of Trustees' presidential selection policy, adopted in 1997, the chair of the board establishes a five-person Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President, which is composed of the chair of the board, the chancellor and three trustees, one of whom is designated as committee chair by the board chair.

For the Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President of CSU Sacramento, Trustees' Chair Debra Farar has appointed Trustee Bill Hauck as committee chair. The two other trustees on the committee are William "Denny" Campbell and Martha Walda. Trustee Farar and CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed are the other two members.

Board policy also requires the chair to appoint an advisory group to the trustees' committee. The Advisory Committee to the Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President is composed of representatives of the faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as a member of the campus advisory board, all of whom are selected by the campus. Also on the advisory committee are a vice president or academic dean from the campus, and a president of another CSU campus selected by the chancellor. Composition of the Sacramento advisory committee is still to be finalized.

It is anticipated that a new president for CSU Sacramento will be named by March 2003.

Cal Poly Pomona President Bob Suzuki will have completed 12 years as president when he retires next summer, and a total 22 years in the CSU system. Before coming to Cal Poly, he spent four years as dean of graduate studies and research at Cal State L.A. and six years as vice president for academic affairs at CSU Northridge before assuming the Pomona presidency in 1991.

Trustee Tony Vitti will chair the Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President of Cal Poly Pomona. Trustees Harold Goldwhite and Ralph Pesqueira will serve on the committee, along with Farar and Reed. Composition of the Advisory Committee to the Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President is still to be finalized.

It is anticipated that a new president for Cal Poly Pomona will be named by March 2003.

CSU Chico President Manuel Esteban will retire in August 2003, after 16 years with the CSU. He began his CSU career in 1987 as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at CSU Bakersfield, and then moved to Humboldt State University in 1990 where he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs before assuming the Chico presidency in 1993.

Trustee Roberta Achtenberg will chair the Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President of CSU Chico. Trustees Murray Galinson and Kyriakos Tsakopoulos will be the other members, along with Farar and Reed. Composition of the Advisory Committee to the Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President will be determined in the near future.

The Chico search will not commence until later this academic year, after the first two searches are well underway. Presidential searches take a considerable amount of time and effort on the part of the trustees, all of whom are volunteers, and the chancellor. Staggering the start of the third search is expected to assist the board in attracting the best pool of candidates possible for each search, particularly since two of the three searches, Chico and Sacramento, are in the same geographic area.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 410,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is Working for California. See www.calstate.edu.

For information on Trustees' Policy for the Selection of Presidents.

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