Campus: CSU, Long Beach -- November 29, 2000

Cal State Long Beach President to Receive CASE District VII's Chief Executive Leadership Award

President MaxsonIt's a tall order to create a vision and inspire others. It's no easy task to establish a positive image for a university while leading it to even higher levels of success.

Yet, these are the traits the Far Western District (District VII) of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) found in Cal State Long Beach President Robert C. Maxson as he was selected this year's recipient of their Chief Executive Leadership Award.

Maxson will be recognized and presented with the award at a special luncheon this Friday (Dec. 1) at the CASE District VII annual conference in San Diego.

Established in 1999, the CEO Award, as it is also called, honors institutional leaders for outstanding contributions to their campus communities, for efforts to promote public understanding of education, and for support of advancement at their campuses.

"I clearly view this as an award to the campus and the university community," said Maxson, who was nominated for the award by the CSULB Alumni Association. "I believe it is the campus being honored for what it has accomplished."

In its notification of his selection, the awards committee noted that those nominating Maxson were especially complimentary of his leadership style and vision, his love for CSULB students, faculty and staff, and his tireless efforts in the area of advancement.

"No institution can significantly enhance its resources and reputation without the active participation of its president," said CASE District VII Chair Ron Stephany. "That CSULB has made such extraordinary progress on both counts is a tribute to Dr. Maxson's commitment. He is truly deserving of this award."

Those nominating Maxson pointed repeatedly to his successful recruitment of high school valedictorians into the high-profile CSULB President's Scholars Program. They also commented on his record of drawing promising and distinguished faculty and staff to the campus as well as the improvement of community support for the campus, evident through private donations as well as through increased participation in university programs and events.

There was also consistent mention of his optimistic leadership style.

"I'm an on-campus, hands-on person," Maxson pointed out. "That's because I enjoy my job. I don't think there is any substitute for enthusiasm and optimism and believing in the organization, and I think that's very contagious.

"I think we're lucky that we've got vice presidents, we've got deans, we've got different people who work all over the campus who feel that way," he added. "Our faculty and staff are very enthusiastic about the place, and I think it affects other people, including our students. Our students enjoy going to school here."

Maxson has served as president of CSULB since 1994. Prior to that, he served as president for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a position he held for 10 years.

Maxson earned his doctorate degree in educational leadership from Mississippi State University in 1970. He also has a master's degree in educational administration from Florida Atlantic University (1967) and a bachelor's degree in education and psychology from the University of Arkansas at Monticello (1958).

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