The California State University Board of Trustees today (June 4) appointed former U.S. Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera as CSU Vice Chancellor for University Advancement.
"The California State University is very pleased to have an outstanding leader like Louis Caldera join us," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "He is a multi-talented individual with a strong commitment to public service and a passion for education. As the son of immigrant parents, he has a deep appreciation for the challenges many CSU students face. He has been highly successful wherever he has been asked to serve, and now it is the CSU's turn to benefit from his talents."
As Army Secretary, Caldera made expanding high school outreach programs and improving educational opportunities for soldiers a cornerstone of the Army's efforts to reverse recruiting and retention shortfalls while increasing the skills and technical competencies of soldiers in the force.
He created the Army University Access Online distance education program that enables soldiers to earn college and graduate degrees while serving. He directed the expansion of the highly beneficial Junior ROTC program to hundreds of high school campuses nationwide. He spearheaded Army sponsorship of "Operation Graduation," a three-year public service advertising campaign designed to increase high school graduation rates among at-risk youth. Additionally he improved opportunities for non-high school graduates to join the Army after first earning a GED with the Army's support through a new GED-Plus enlistment option.
Last year, Caldera was appointed by then-Secretary of Education Richard Riley to the National Commission on the High School Senior Year.
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to help the CSU achieve its mission to improve the quality of life for all Californians through education, teacher training and research," said Caldera. "I look forward to working with our world-class faculty, staff and administrators to increase public and private support for the University and its many campuses, colleges and learning centers."
Caldera served in the California State Assembly from 1992-1997, representing the 46th District, centered in downtown Los Angeles and surrounding neighborhoods from mid-Wilshire to Boyle Heights. He chaired various committees in the Assembly and was a member of the Higher Education Committee. Prior to election to the Assembly, Caldera served as a Deputy County Counsel for the County of Los Angeles, and as an attorney in private practice.
Caldera left the Assembly in September 1997 after he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to be Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the parent organization to the Americorps, Senior Service Corps and Learn and Serve America community service programs. Less than a year later President Clinton nominated Caldera to be Secretary of the Army.
Born in El Paso, Texas, Caldera was raised in Whittier, California. In 1974, he was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy by then Congressman Chet Holifield. After graduating from West Point, Caldera served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army for five years. He left the Army to pursue graduate studies. In 1987 he received a law degree and an MBA from Harvard University.
The CSU Trustees approved his compensation at $210,000 annually. He will begin his new duties at the CSU on June 20. The CSU advancement division includes the areas of fund raising, alumni affairs, public affairs, communications, publications, and community relations, and provides support services in these areas for the 23 CSU campuses.
NOTE TO MEDIA: You may download a 156dpi JPEG photo of Caldera HERE
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