Reichard Appointed CSU Chief Academic Officer

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(January 31, 2006) —Dr. Gary Reichard, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Cal State Long Beach, was appointed as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer for the California State University system at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting today.

Reichard has served as the chief academic officer for Cal State Long Beach since 2002 and has been affiliated with the university since 1994. While at Long Beach, he has also served as associate vice president for academic personnel, planning and assessment. In addition, Reichard served as chair of the history department at Florida Atlantic University; as acting associate dean at the Schmidt College of Arts and Humanities; associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Maryland; and as director, university honors program at the University of Delaware. Reichard was also a member of the department of history at Ohio State from 1971 to 1982, serving as chair from 1977 to 1981.

The Delaware native earned a B.A. degree from the College of Wooster, an M.A. from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University, all in history.

“This is both a humbling and exciting opportunity,” said Reichard. “I’m enthusiastic about working with the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Reed to advance this great University, which in many ways represents the best hopes of the State of California.”

The CSU executive vice chancellor serves as a principal policy and executive management advisor to the chancellor and acts for CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed in his absence. The responsibilities of the position include: forming plans and actions to implement directives of the chancellor and Board of Trustees; serving as an advisor in the management direction of system policy and operation; establishing direction and priorities for the Division of Academic Affairs; ensuring the CSU mission of quality education and access at a low cost; and communicating that mission to CSU constituencies.

Reichard will begin his new duties on Feb. 10. Compensation for the executive vice chancellor was set at $262,008.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 84,000 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: January 31, 2006

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