The California State University Appoints Three Interim Presidents

(May 13, 2003) Three interim California State University presidents were appointed today by CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed and the CSU Board of Trustees for campuses at Chico, San Jose and San Marcos, whose presidents have retired or assumed other positions.

At CSU Chico, Scott G. McNall, current provost and vice president for academic affairs, will assume the interim position and will be paid a $208,000 annual salary. His appointment begins July 1, and will conclude when the permanent president arrives.

At San Jose State University, Joseph N. Crowley, president emeritus of the University of Nevada, Reno, will assume the interim position, and will be paid a $222,450 annual salary. His appointment begins July 1, and will conclude when the permanent president arrives.

At Cal State San Marcos, Roy McTarnaghan, founding president and president emeritus of Florida Gulf Coast University, will assume the interim position, and will be paid a $208,000 annual salary. His appointment begins July 1, and will conclude when the permanent president arrives.

McNall, 62, has been provost at Chico since 1994. Previously he was the dean, College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of Toledo. He also has held administrative and academic positions at the University of Kansas, Arizona State University and the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Oregon, and his bachelor's degree, also in sociology, from Portland State University.

Crowley, 69, was president of the University of Nevada, Reno from 1978-2000, when he retired. He continues his teaching and other university-related activities. He served as president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 1993- 1995. Crowley joined UNR's political science faculty in 1966 and was chair from 1976-78. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, his master's from California State University, Fresno; and his bachelor's from the University of Iowa, all in political science.

McTarnaghan, 69, served as president of Florida Gulf Coast University from 1993-1999. He previously served as the executive vice chancellor, and vice chancellor, State University System of Florida, and was the interim president, University of North Florida. He has held administrative and academic positions at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia and the State University of New York, Geneseo, where he received his bachelor's degree. His Ph.D. in speech communications is from Michigan State University, and his master's, also in speech communications, is from Ohio State University.

The three interim presidents are taking the place of one retiring president and two who have assumed presidencies at other universities. Current CSU Chico President Manuel Esteban will retire this summer after 16 years with the California State University. Current Cal State San Marcos President Gonzalez will assume the presidency of CSU Sacramento in July. Current San Jose State President Bob Caret will become president of Towson University in Maryland in July.

The searches for the three permanent presidents have begun or will begin this summer. It is expected that they will conclude by the end of 2003.

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 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.

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Last Updated:13 May 2003

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