Search for New California State University, Long Beach President Begins

Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, (562) 951-4801,

(April 13, 2005) - The California State University Board of Trustees will begin the search this month for a new president of California State University, Long Beach to replace current President Bob Maxson, who has announced his retirement.

The first meeting of the search committee will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in the Cal State Long Beach President’s Conference Room in Brotman Hall.

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 constituent groups. 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. Both committees function as one group.

Trustee Bob Foster will chair the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President. The other trustee members are Debra Farar and Ray Holdsworth, plus CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed and Trustee Chair Murray Galinson. The latter two are ex-officio to the committee.

Members of the Advisory Committee for the Selection of the President include faculty members Luis Arroyo, professor, Chicano and Latino Studies; Margaret Merryfield, chair, Academic Senate; and Charles Noble, professor and chair, Political Science. Guy Heston from the CSULB Alumni Association will represent the alumni; Jamie Pollock from the CSULB Associated Students will represent the students; and Sharon Olson, Director, University Academic Projects, will represent the staff. Others on the committee are Jane Netherton, chair, CSULB Board of Governors; Doug Robinson, CSULB vice president for student services; Jolene Koester, president, California State University, Northridge and Chris Steinhauser, superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District.

The purpose of this initial 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.

The committee will work over the next several months reviewing applications and will conduct interviews with semi-finalists. It is expected that the finalists will make open visits to the campus in the fall. The Board of Trustees will select a new president in October or November. President Maxson will stay on as president until a new president is selected and in place.

For information about the CSU presidential search process, see the Executive Search page.

California State University, Long Beach, with 33,500 students, is one of the largest four-year universities in California. Students are served by nearly 2,000 faculty within the university’s eight colleges, which offer 81 baccalaureate degrees and 66 master’s degrees as well as two joint doctoral degrees. “The Beach” was the first campus to offer academic scholarships to California high school valedictorians and National Merit scholars through its President’s Scholars Program, which now supports more than 350 students. The university is also a member of the Long Beach Education Partnership, considered the national prototype of seamless education from preschool through the master’s degree. Since 1950, the campus has awarded more than 200,000 degrees. In addition to its academic reputation, CSULB is known for its lush, garden-like campus spreading over 320 acres just three miles from the Pacific Ocean.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, more than 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 82,000 annually. 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

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Last Updated: April 13, 2005

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