CSU Chico Presidential Search To Begin in April

(April 10, 2003) The California State University Board of Trustees will begin the search this month for a new president of CSU Chico to replace current President Manuel Esteban, who is retiring this summer.

The first meeting of the search committee will be held on Tuesday, April 22, at the campus in Kendall Hall, Room 103. This is the first and only meeting of the committee that is an open meeting.

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. 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, both selected by the chancellor.

Trustee Roberta Achtenberg will chair the Trustees Search Committee for the Selection of the President. The other trustee members of the committee are Murray Galinson and Kyriakos Tsakopoulos. CSU Board of Trustees' Chair Debra S. Farar and CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed are also members of the committee.

Members of the Advisory Committee to the Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President are: Sarah Blackstone, dean, CSU Chico College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Scott Chalmers, chair-elect, CSU Chico University Advisory Board; Stuart King, chair, CSU Chico Staff Council; James Postma, CSU Chico professor of chemistry; Arthur Sanchez, CSU Chico professor of psychology; Glen Toney, CSU Chico Alumni Association; Shelley Young, CSU Chico professor of Nursing; Jolene Koester, president of CSU Northridge; and the new Chico Associated Students president, who will be elected next week.

The purpose of the first meeting is to discuss the role of the committee, set the schedule of meetings, review the descriptions of the campus and the presidential position, and discuss any other business related to the search process.

It is expected that the committee will not meet over the summer, but an advertisement for the presidential vacancy will be placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education in May. The committee will then meet again in September to review resumes and select those to interview. Those interviews would take place in October, followed by campus visits by each candidate. It is expected that the Board of Trustees will select a new president by the end of October.

Current President Esteban will retire in late summer after 16 years with the California State University. 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. CSU Chancellor Reed is expected to name an interim president for Chico in May. That person would not be in the search pool, and would serve until the new president arrived on the campus.

See also: Trustee Policy on the Selection of Presidents

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 408,000 students and 45,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded 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.

Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, (562) 951-4801, cbentley-adler@calstate.edu

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Last Updated: 10 April 2003

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