Campus: CSU, Los Angeles -- May 04, 2001
Cal State L.A. Honor Society Presents Active-for-Life
The national Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society has awarded a Cal State L.A.
chapter Active-for-Life Membership to David S. Spence, Executive Vice
Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of the California State University
(CSU). Dr. Spence will receive the honor at the Cal State L.A. chapter's
annual installation ceremony and banquet on May 6, 2001, where he will
be the featured speaker.
According to Beverly Krilowicz, professor of biology and university
assessment coordinator at Cal State L.A., "Dr. Spence is a high
profile leader in higher education with an impressive record of service
and accomplishment. We believe that he exemplifies the motto of the
Society, 'Let the love of learning rule humanity.'"
The CSU, a complex and diverse system of 23 public universities, serves
370,000 students and employs 20,000 faculty members. The system is a
leader in innovations in teacher preparation, distance education, use
of technology to deliver quality educational programs, and in meeting
the State's needs for a well-educated workforce. Vice Chancellor Spence
serves as the principal policy and executive management advisor to the
Chancellor, the chief executive officer of the CSU.
Prior to joining the CSU System, Dr. Spence served in several high profile
administrative positions. From 1994-1998, he served as Executive Vice
Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs for the State University
System of Florida, a system of 10 public universities that enroll 210,000
students and employ over 31,000 faculty and staff. While at the State
University System of Florida, Dr. Spence, responding to criticism of
the tenure process, coordinated the revision of the tenure policy to
give greater weight to teaching and teaching-related scholarship and
operated a productivity program to increase faculty teaching productivity.
From 1987-1994, Dr. Spence served as Executive Vice Chancellor of the
University of Georgia System, the third largest multi-campus public
higher education system in the nation. While in this position, Dr. Spence
oversaw the development of the Plan for the 1990s, a strategic planning
document for the system. Finally, from 1984-1987, Dr. Spence served
as the vice president and director, Office of Educational Policies for
the Southern Regional Education Board, and from 1980-1984, as the executive
director of the Florida Postsecondary Education Planning Commission.
Dr. Spence has an equally impressive academic pedigree. He took his
B.A. in History at the University of Rochester, New York and his M.S.
in Education from the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Spence
obtained his Ph.D. in Higher Education at the State University of New
York working under Dr. Robert Berdahl, one of the nation's leading experts
in statewide governance, coordination and planning of public higher