Former Chancellor Barry Munitz to Return to Cal State Los Angeles

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(April 28, 2006) – California State University today announced that former CSU Chancellor and California State University Los Angeles professor Dr. Barry Munitz will rejoin the campus as a Trustee Professor. Munitz will perform work on behalf of the development of the Institute for Urban School Leadership, assist in the campaign to complete the Integrated Sciences Complex, assist with charter school and biotechnology projects, and teach a course as part of the university’s English department and other appropriate courses.

Cal State L.A. President James M. Rosser said, “Dr. Munitz has a long association with California State University and as a tenured professor at Cal State L.A, and I welcome him back.”

Munitz is rejoining Cal State L.A. under the CSU’s “Trustee Professor Program” that was approved by the CSU Board of Trustees in 1981. The program provides for former system executives (Chancellor, Vice Chancellor or Campus President) appointed before 1992 to return to a CSU campus. Under the policy, Trustee Professors are assigned duties by the Chancellor in conjunction with the campus president where the individual will serve.

“I am honored and delighted to be coming home,” said Munitz. “The CSU embodies all the values to which we have been committed, and the Los Angeles campus is a shining example of those priorities.”

In accordance with the salary terms under the policy, Munitz will receive a salary of $163,776 during his first year as a Trustee Professor. In the second year and thereafter, Munitz will receive a salary at the top step 12-month range of a full professor, which is currently $112,548.

Munitz was CSU Chancellor from 1991 to 1998, when he became president of the J. Paul Getty Trust. Previously, he also served in a number of capacities with the University of Houston/Central Campus including as Chancellor. Munitz also served as vice president for academic development and coordination for the University of Illinois, and spent several years outside of academia, during which time he helped lead a Fortune 200 company.

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: April 28, 2006

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