Campus: Office of the Chancellor -- August 22, 2001
Humboldt State President Alistair McCrone to Retire
Dr. Alistair W. McCrone, president of Humboldt State University since
1974, today (August 22) announced his retirement from the presidency at the
close of the 2001-02 academic year. He is the university's longest-serving
president, and the second longest-serving president in the history of the
California State University.
"President McCrone has long and diligently served his university, public
higher education, and the citizens of this state," said CSU Chancellor
Charles B. Reed. "He has worked successfully to extend educational opportunity
to the people of California. We will all miss his wealth of experience, his leadership,
and his vision."
As president of Humboldt State University for the last quarter century, he helped
shape the university into what is widely recognized as a unique educational experience
for tens of thousands of students. Known for its strong sense of community, the
university is one of the largest per capita sources of Peace Corps volunteers, while
some 4,000 of its 7,500 students volunteer for community service every year.
The university, the largest employer in the county, draws the majority of its students
from outside the region with its unique offerings in biology, oceanography, fishery,
geology and environmental studies. It offers the only Native American Studies bachelor's
degree program in the system and is consistently ranked among the top regional colleges
in the West.
President McCrone, active in both community and university service, was chair of the
CSU systemwide emergency preparedness committee, and led his campus into year-round
operations—the first semester-based campus to take this step.
A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, McCrone trained as a geologist in the United States,
earning his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He taught as a professor of geology
as well as doing research, publishing, and consulting in the field. McCrone will be 70
in early October 2001.
The search for his successor will begin in the fall with completion expected in
mid-spring of 2002.