Executive Orientation

Organizational Structure

The Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Responsibility for the CSU is vested in the 25-member Board of Trustees, the majority of whom are appointed by the governor to eight-year terms. Faculty, alumni and two student trustees serve two-year terms. The trustees appoint the chancellor, who is the system's chief executive officer. The trustees also appoint the presidents, who are the chief executive officers on their respective campuses and who report to the chancellor.

The Trustees

  • Establish policies, priorities, and goals for the system;
  • Oversee progress towards these goals;
  • Review and approve: construction, budget, academic plans, new initiatives, policy statements;
  • Select a chancellor to head the system and presidents to lead the campuses.

The Chancellor


As the system's Chief Executive Officer, the Chancellor reports to the Board of Trustees. The Chancellor appoints the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer; the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer; General Counsel and the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources. The Office of General Counsel reports to the chancellor and has a dotted-line reporting to the trustees; the Office of Audit and Advisory Services reports to the Board of Trustees and has an indirect reporting relationship to the chancellor.

  • Leads the CSU system;
  • Assists CSU campuses in carrying out CSU's mission;
  • Works cooperatively with campuses to design and implement systemwide initiatives;
  • Coordinates systemwide academic, advancement, budgetary, capital planning, human resources, legal, and technology-related functions;
  • Represents the CSU to state and national policymakers.

Vice Chancellors/Senior Executives

Vice Chancellors/Senior Executives

The chancellor appoints the executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer; the executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer; the vice chancellor of University Advancement and the vice chancellor of Human Resources. The Office of General Counsel reports to the chancellor and has a dotted-line reporting to the Board of Trustees. The vice chancellor and chief audit officer reports directly to the Board of Trustees and has an indirect reporting relationship to the chancellor. The chancellor, vice chancellors and senior executive staff coordinate systemwide efforts in areas such as academic affairs, business affairs, technology, physical plant development, employee relations, state and federal governmental affairs, legal affairs, audit and advisory services, and university advancement and communications.

The Presidents

  • Provide leadership and represent the campus to the community;
  • Manage campus operations;
  • Plan for future needs;
  • Fundraise;
  • Set campus priorities, working with the entire campus community;
  • Oversee the hiring and support of staff and teaching faculty.

The Vice Presidents

The Faculty

Academic Senate

The CSU Statewide Academic Senate, made up of elected faculty representatives from each campus, recommends academic policy to the Board of Trustees through the chancellor. The Executive Committee of the Senate, led by the Senate Chair, organizes the activities of the Senate and is principally responsible for representing the Senate in its dealings with many groups including the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and the Chancellor's staff, the California State Student Association, the CSU Alumni Council, statewide policymakers, and the public. With offices at the CSU headquarters in Long Beach, the Senate operates throughout the year as an agency of CSU faculty governance.

The Students

California State Student Association

The California State Student Association (CSSA) fosters and coordinates communication among campus student associations to address campus and statewide issues. CSSA provides a unified voice for the more than 474,000 students of the California State University system. The Association represents each of the system's 23 campuses, and meets monthly to advance its agenda of working for affordable, accessible, quality education for California 's students.

The Alumni

CSU Alumni

The CSU Alumni Council is a systemwide organization that works to promote and protect the interests of the CSU on behalf of its 2 million alumni. The Alumni Council is comprised of the alumni director and an alumni volunteer from each of the CSU's 23 institutions. With a focus on building alumni participation throughout the state, the Alumni Council works on two levels: to enhance the ability of each campus alumni association to actively engage its alumni to support campus priorities; and to utilize the combined resources of the 23 institutions' alumni organizations to advocate for and advance the mission of the CSU.

The CSU Foundation Board of Governors

CSU Foundation Mission

Established in 1962, the CSU Foundation is the university's central foundation and serves the Office of the Chancellor. The CSU Foundation promotes the national, state and regional interests of the California State University. The Board of Governors represents a cross-section of business, community, cultural, and educational leaders with a shared commitment to uphold and advance the mission and goals of the university. The CSU Foundation administers two major programs: a systemwide scholarship program and a systemwide charitable gift annuity program.