Campus: Office of the Chancellor -- March 06, 2001
Richard Rush Named President Of CSU Channel
The California State University Board of Trustees
appointed Richard Rush, president of Minnesota State
University at Mankato, as president of CSU Channel
"Richard Rush is a visionary, energetic leader with the
experience and enthusiasm to lead California State
University, Channel Islands in the next critical stage of
its development," said William D. (Denny) Campbell, CSU
Trustee and chair of the selection committee. "His
leadership abilities will be a tremendous asset to the
campus and the community."
Rush has served in his present position since 1992. Prior to
that, he served as executive vice president at CSU San
Marcos when it was founded in 1989. He was dean and director
of the San Diego State University North County campus from
"It is very exciting for me to be returning to the
California State University, where I spent most of my
academic career," said Rush. "There are challenges ahead,
but I look forward to working with the university faculty
and staff and the local community to make Channel Islands
the newest star in the CSU system. I am honored to have been
selected as the president."
The search process began in November 2000, and about 60
individuals submitted applications. Rush will succeed J.
Handel Evans, who has served as the university's planning
president since 1996. Rush will begin his new duties in
June, and his compensation will be set at the March 21 CSU
Channel Islands is the newest CSU campus and will begin
accepting students as a full university in the fall of 2002.
It is located at the site of the former Camarillo State
Channel Islands is currently managed under the auspices of
CSU Northridge, and is the largest off-campus center in the
CSU system. Enrollment includes more than 1,800 students
from Ventura, Santa Barbara, and surrounding counties.
The immediate responsibilities of the incoming president
will be hiring the first Channel Islands faculty and
administrators, and continuing the physical development of
Rush served on the faculty at San Diego State from 1971-77,
and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National
Association of College and University Business Officers. He
earned a B.A. in classics, English and philosophy at Gonzaga
University, and an M.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in
English Renaissance literature from UCLA.
The California State University is the largest four-year
university system in the country. More than 21,000 faculty
teach 370,000 students on 23 CSU campuses and six off-campus
centers extending from Humboldt County in the north to San
Diego in the south. Altogether, about half the bachelor's
degrees and a third of the master's degrees awarded in
California are from the CSU.