CSU Trustees Appoint Chapman University Provost as New President of California State University, Stanislaus

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(March 16, 2005) – Dr. Hamid Shirvani, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Chapman University, today was named the eighth president of California State University, Stanislaus.

“California State University, Stanislaus is a unique place, and the opportunity to serve as its president is a great honor. After spending time at the campus, I know that by working closely with the faculty, staff, students and community, together we can make a difference,” said Shirvani. “I look forward to raising additional private funds so that we can expand the innovative programs there, and raise the stature of the university even higher. This is an exciting time for the campus as it moves toward its 50th anniversary, and I am delighted to become its new president.”

“Ham Shirvani is the perfect choice for CSU Stanislaus – he is energetic, a visionary and his strengths as an academic and an architect are the perfect blend for a president,” said Debra S. Farar, CSU trustee and chair of the presidential search committee. “His experience at other universities will be beneficial as he and the campus build on the programs developed by outgoing President Marvalene Hughes. The trustees are eager to work with Ham, and we welcome him to the CSU system.”

Shirvani, who was one of three finalists for the position, will assume the Stanislaus presidency in July. Current President Hughes, who has retired but who is serving this year as interim president, will depart for the presidency of Dillard University in late June.

In his more than 25 years in education, with 16 years in senior executive leadership and management posts, Shirvani has successfully led the complete restructuring of several colleges and universities, producing substantially increased productivity, including increases in enrollments, the quality of student applicants, the quality of educational offerings, funded research activities and net revenue.

Shirvani has been the provost and executive vice president at Chapman University since 2000. Working with the campus Faculty Senate, he engaged in a comprehensive academic planning process - the result was The Chapman Plan, which was adopted by the university’s board of trustees in 2001. He also collaborated with the faculty in establishing a Faculty Senate, and was instrumental in appointing more than 150 new faculty members.

Previously, he was vice president for graduate studies and research, Queens College of The City University of New York from 1995 to 2000; dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Massachusetts at Lowell from 1992 to 1995; dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado at Denver from 1986 to 1990; director of the School of Urban Policy, University of Louisville from 1985 to 1986; and director of graduate studies, State University of New York at Syracuse from 1982 to 1985. From 1979 to 1982 he was an assistant professor of architecture and urban planning at Pennsylvania State University.

Shirvani holds a Ph.D. in architecture from Princeton University, and three master’s degrees – from Harvard University, Rensselaer Polytechnic University and the Pratt Institute. His bachelor of architecture is from Polytechnic University of Central London, UK.

The search for a new president began in October. The CSU presidential search committee was composed of three trustees plus the board chair, the CSU chancellor, a CSU president, Stanislaus faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives and community members.

For information about the CSU presidential search process, see http://executivesearch.calstate.edu.

CSU Stanislaus serves a diverse, growing student body on one of the state's most beautiful campuses with top programs in the arts, letters, sciences, teacher education and business. The Human Resource Management program has the nation's top student testing success rate. Partnership programs in nursing, business and agriculture help meet regional workforce needs, while Global Affairs collaborations offer students many study abroad opportunities. A student residence/dining facility expansion that doubled on-campus housing capacity opened in fall 2004 and construction has started on a new state-of-the art science building. See www.csustan.edu.

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 www.calstate.edu.

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Last Updated: March 16, 2005

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