Campus: CSU Long Beach -- March 11, 2002


President at California State University, Long Beach Named `University President of the Year' by California State Student Association

For the second time in the four-year existence of the award, Cal State Long Beach President Robert C. Maxson has been named "University President of the Year" by the California State Student Association (CSSA).

The CSSA is the single recognized voice for the more than 388,000 students on 23 campuses in the California State University system. Founded in 1959, the CSSA is the acknowledged statewide student organization designed to represent, serve and protect the collective interests of students in the CSU system. Its overall mission is to maintain and enhance the accessibility of quality education for the people of California.

Maxson was presented with the award at CSSA's Legislative Awards Banquet in Sacramento last Monday (March 4). The banquet was the final event of the seventh annual California Higher Education Students Summit, a three-day leadership and legislative conference that draws CSU student leaders from around the state.

"President Maxson is very deserving of this award," said Robert Garcia, chair of CSSA and a former student body president at Cal State Long Beach. "He has shown a commitment to improving not only campus pride but pride across the entire CSU system. He has also shown a commitment to reaching out to every single student on his campus."

Garcia noted that Maxson was nominated for the award by the student body presidents at CSU Chico and Cal State L.A. He also said the Cal State Long Beach president received a standing ovation from students when he came forward to receive his award.

"He is well-known and highly regarded by all the student governments in the CSU system," Garcia pointed out. "He has a keen and clearly visible passion for Cal State Long Beach, and he effectively communicates his goals and his vision for the university to his students."
Maxson, who began his tenure as CSULB's president in 1994, has served on a number of system-wide committees and is, in fact, entering his second term as chair of the Presidents' Commission on Teacher Education. On campus, he is also very active, speaking at meetings of various student organizations and meeting regularly with the student President's Advisory Board.

"Bob Maxson is the best president I have worked with as it relates to students," said Charles Reed, chancellor of the CSU system. "He spends more time, gives more attention, and has more concern for students than any president I know."

His leadership on campus and involvement in the community have earned him several awards, including the District VII Executive Leadership Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the "Man of the Year" awards from the Greater Long Beach National Conference for Community and Justice and the American Jewish Committee. He also was honored last year by the Irvine Valley College Foundation for his firm dedication to helping students throughout Southern California find their way to academic success.

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