Appointment, Confirmation and Service of Trustees to the California State University (CSU)

AS-3065-12/EX (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) urge the Governor and State Senate to be mindful, in the appointment and confirmation of Trustees to the CSU, of the California Education Code § 66607, which stipulates that“The California State University shall be entirely independent of all political and sectarian influence and kept free there from in the appointment of its trustees and in the administration of its affairs…”; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU further call upon the Governor and State Senate to be diligent and
timely in the appointment and confirmation of Trustees to the CSU in order to ensure continuity, and to allow for the sharing of multiple perspectives which will facilitate the most informed and effective decision-making process; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the Governor, State Senate Leadership,
Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, campus Presidents, campus Senate Chairs, California Faculty Association, California State Student Association, CSU Alumni Council, Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, Academic Senate of the University of California, California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors, and University of California Board of Regents.

RATIONALE: Given the recent challenge of appointing a Faculty Trustee to the California State University as conveyed in numerous ASCSU resolutions [Concern over Delay in Governor’s Appointment of CSU Faculty Trustee (AS-2911-09/FGA); Support for the Appointment of an Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) Nominee as CSU Faculty Trustee (AS-2941-10/EX); A Call for Board of Trustee Action on Faculty Trustee Appointment (AS-2935-10/FA); Resolution on the Failure of the Board of Trustees to Support Publicly the Appointment of a Faculty Trustee (AS-2956-10/FA)], the latest difficulty in re-appointing the Trustee Chair to the California State University, and the potential complexity in appointing or reappointing a number of Trustees to the California State University in the next few months, the ASCSU feels compelled to: 1) urge the Governor and State Senate to be mindful in the appointment and confirmation of Trustees to the CSU as affirmed in California Education Code § 66607, and 2) further call upon the Governor and State Senate to be diligent and timely in the appointment and confirmation of Trustees to the CSU in order to ensure continuity, and to allow for the sharing of multiple perspectives which will facilitate the most informed and effective decision-making process.

Under present law there are 25 Trustees (24 voting, one non-voting). Five Trustees are ex-officio members: the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Chancellor. The CSU Statewide Alumni Council appoints an Alumni Trustee. The Governor appoints a Faculty Trustee from nominees proposed by the Statewide Academic Senate. The Alumni and Faculty Trustees serve for two years. The Governor appoints two Student Trustees from nominees proposed by the California State Student Association. These Student Trustees serve staggered two-year terms. One Student Trustee has full voting powers; the second, non-voting Student Trustee succeeds to the voting position upon the expiration of the term of the first. The sixteen remaining Trustees are appointed by the Governor, confirmed by the State Senate, and serve eight year terms. Trustees confirmed by the Senate remain on the Board until a replacement is named or 60 days after their term expires whichever comes first (California Government Code § 1774). Alumni, Faculty, and Student Trustee terms expire at the end of their term (California Education Code § 66602).

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the California State University. The Board adopts rules, regulations, and policies governing the California State University. The Board has authority over curricular development, use of property, development of facilities, and fiscal and human resources management. The 25-member Board of Trustees has regular and special meetings to allow for communication among the trustees, chancellor, campus presidents, executive committee members of the statewide Academic Senate, representatives of the California State Student Association, and officers of the statewide Alumni Council.

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Approved Without Dissent – May 3-4, 2012

 



 
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