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Three Finalists Named for CSU Monterey Bay Presidency

(February 23, 2006) – The California State University today named three finalists for the presidency of California State University, Monterey Bay.

The three finalists and the dates they will visit the campus for all-day meetings with various groups are:

  • Peter A. Facione, former provost and current professor of philosophy, Loyola University Chicago, will visit CSU Monterey Bay on Monday, March 6.

  • Dianne F. Harrison, vice president for academic quality and external programs, Florida State University, will visit CSU Monterey Bay on Tuesday, March 7.

  • Anny Morrobel-Sosa, dean of science and technology, Georgia Southern University, will visit CSU Monterey Bay on Thursday, March 9.

Each of the three will spend a day on the campus meeting faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community. An open forum will be held daily for the campus community from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the University Center. An open reception will be held daily at 6 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

(There will be daily media access during the campus visit from 11:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. in the University Center Room 116/118).

“The experience and leadership skills of these three candidates reflect the mission and values of the CSU Monterey Bay campus,” said CSU Trustee Roberta Achtenberg, chair of the presidential search committee. “Each holds excellent academic credentials, and the vision that would position the Monterey Bay campus to successfully meet the challenges of the future.”

The new president will succeed interim President Diane Cordero de Noriega who took the place of former President Peter Smith who accepted a position with UNESCO last summer.

The CSU Board of Trustees will interview the three finalists on March 13 and name the new Monterey Bay president later that week. The trustees will set the president’s salary at a subsequent board meeting. The new president would begin this summer.

Facione has been affiliated with Loyola University Chicago as provost and professor of philosophy since 2002. Previously, he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University; dean of the School of Human Development and Community Service, California State University, Fullerton and director, university division of general studies, Bowling Green State University.

He holds a PhD. and M.A. in philosophy from Michigan State University and a B.A. in philosophy from Sacred Heart College.

Harrison has served in a variety of capacities during her tenure with Florida State University beginning in 1976. She is currently vice president for academic quality and external programs. Previously, Harrison was associate vice president for academic affairs from 2000 to 2005; dean of graduate studies; dean of the School of Social Work, and professor of social work.

She holds a Ph.D. in social work from Washington University, and a master of social work and a B.A. in American Studies, both from the University of Alabama.

Morrobel-Sosa has been in her current position as dean of the Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology at Georgia Southern University since 2003. Previously, Morrobel-Sosa served in a variety of capacities at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo including as interim associate vice provost for academic programs; special assistant to the provost, and as a professor and associate professor in materials engineering. She also served as an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Alabama.

Morrobel-Sosa holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Southern California, a master of science in chemistry from State University of New York at Stony Brook and a bachelor of science in physics and chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico.

The CSU presidential search committee is composed of three trustees plus the board chair, the CSU chancellor, a CSU president, Monterey Bay faculty, staff, students and alumni representatives and community members.

For more information on the candidates, go to the Executive Search Page.

As the only university in the CSU system with a service-learning graduation requirement, CSU Monterey Bay has earned national recognition for its work in helping students examine issues of justice, diversity and social responsibility through service learning. Home to the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, CSU Monterey Bay helps California’s communities meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 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: February 23, 2006

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