CSU Leader
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Vol. 11, No. 2, January 26, 2012

CSU Appoints Two New Presidents

Newly appointed CSU presidents Mildred Garcia and Leroy MorishitaThe CSU Board of Trustees appointed Mildred García as the president of CSU Fullerton and Leroy Morishita as the permanent president of CSU East Bay.

García has served as the president of CSU Dominguez Hills since 2007. Before her appointment at CSUDH, she served as president of the Berkeley College of New York and New Jersey.

Prior to Morishita’s 2011 appointment as interim president of CSU East Bay, he served as Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer at San Francisco State University.

Trustees Get Update on Budget, Giving

The board discussed Governor Brown’s 2012-2013 state budget proposal—which reflects the continuation of a $750 million reduction in funding made in 2011-2012—and is contingent on the passage of the governor’s proposed tax initiative this November. If not passed by voters, a series of trigger cuts would go into effect, including an additional $200 million cut to the CSU—a total reduction of $950 million over the last two years.

However, the 2010-2011 philanthropic report presented at January’s board meeting highlighted success in these challenging economic times. The CSU received more than $344 million in gift commitments, nearly a one-third increase from the $265 million committed in 2009-2010.

CSU Adopts Presidential Compensation Policy

The CSU Board of Trustees adopted a new policy at their Jan. 25 meeting that limits the amount of compensation paid by state general funds for newly-hired CSU presidents to no more than 10 percent above the previous incumbent's base pay.

The new policy was adopted as part of the recommendations made by the board's Special Committee on Presidential Selection and Compensation that has been reviewing the system's selection process and executive compensation structure since last summer. More.

STEM Growth

A peer-to-peer STEM instruction group at Cal State Fullerton.The CSU has launched a number of new initiatives aimed at building interest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. New partnerships are helping to break the barriers these subjects create for many students, as they are critical building-blocks for college-readiness and lifelong success. More.

Sustainability @ the CSU

CSUF interim president Willie Hagan flips the solar switch during the launch ceremony of the campus' new solar energy unit.Sustainability isn’t just reducing carbon footprints.

At the CSU, it’s innovation, efficiency, fostering discussion, and developing the next generation of environmentally-conscious Californians.


Faculty Become State, National Education Leaders

CSU Northridge math professor Magnhild Lien was named executive director of the Association for Women in Mathematics, where she will strengthen and expand the organization’s corps of volunteers and oversee growth, grant and fundraising efforts.

San Diego State professor Karen Cadiero-Kaplan was appointed to lead the California Department of Education’s English Learner Support Division, which aims to help school districts across the state effectively teach English learners.

In the news

CSULB Gets Nearly
$1.7 Million for Stem
Cell Research

Cal State Long Beach received a three-year, $1.6 million grant renewal from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to prepare student interns for careers in stem cell research and biomedicine. More.

Cal Poly Pomona Lab
Honors Lawmaker

Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering has named an aerospace research facility after Grace Napolitano in honor of the congresswoman's support to aerospace engineering. Over the past six years, Napolitano helped secure $5 million in federal funding and supported an Air Force partnership, which provides equipment for academic projects and research. More.

IBM and SJSU Advance
Social Business Skills

IBM and San José State will help students turn social networking savvy into business-ready skills. The new program gives students an opportunity to deepen technical and business skills in the emerging arena of social business. More.

SF State Researchers
Create App to Track
Bay Currents

A new iPhone and iPad application designed by researchers at San Francisco State provides real-time and predicted information on surface currents within the San Francisco Bay. More.

CSU Chico Program to Enhance Physical Education in Local Schools

The Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at CSU Chico received a $623,863 U.S. Department of Education grant to enhance physical education programs and reduce rates of overweight students in local school districts. More.

CSU Voices and Views blog

Featured Post:
Honoring Their Names

San Francisco State Professor Emerita and World War II survivor Kay Takeyama Dilena has ties to Japan and the U.S.
Read about how her gift to SF State will help connect the people and cultures of two very different nations.

Kay Takeyama Dilena


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