Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- May 13, 2002
President Hughes decides to remain at CSU Stanislaus
TURLOCK - In an announcement to the University community today, Dr. Marvalene Hughes,
President of California State University, Stanislaus, said that in the course of
evaluating opportunities presented to her at Colorado College, she had resolved that
"My heart remains committed to serving as the President of California State University,
President Hughes was one of three finalists from among 300 candidates for the
presidency at the prestigious liberal arts college. Dr. Hughes said, "The dignity and
professionalism of the college's pursuit of my candidacy was flattering, and I wish to
commend them for a superb search process. This is a fine college that will offer enormous
educational opportunities among its peer institutions for the future."
Dr. Hughes said that she and her husband, Dr. David Brinks, "have carefully re-examined
our progress and our commitment to continue our responsibilities here and have determined
to reaffirm our commitment to the University and to all the internal and external members
who support our efforts to position this fine institution as the 'University of Choice."
She added, "We also realize that we have bonded with many friends and chosen to remain with
those who have become so special to us over the 8-year period of my presidency."
The President is quick to give credit to the team she chose for the many accomplishments at
CSU Stanislaus during her presidency. Enrollment has doubled to more than 7,500 students. A
much-needed building program was launched to accommodate the growth and to keep pace in the
coming years as the population of the San Joaquin Valley booms. The building projects over
the eight years are: the Demergasso-Bava Hall, which houses the College of Education, the
College of Business Administration, professional programs and faculty offices; the Mary Stuart
Rogers Educational Services Gateway Building and the John Stuart Rogers Faculty Development
Center, which both were dedicated last Thursday; the Bio-Ag Dome; and the Bernell and Flora
Snider Music Recital Hall.
Dr. Hughes also was instrumental in getting the state to establish a permanent home for CSU
Stanislaus-Stockton at the former Stockton State Hospital, a 102-acre site which will
accommodate increasing enrollment demand in that community, where 1,200 students now attend
classes. The site is slated to become a university park in the future, serving as a model
for city, university and private partnerships in developing educational opportunities.
Academic programs also have thrived during the last eight years under the University strategic
plan spearheaded by President Hughes' administration. Scholarship support is up dramatically
as a result of an improved fund-raising campaign under Development and University Relations.
CSU Stanislaus has its first endowed chair, the Rolland Starn Endowed Chair for Agricultural
Studies, and will start an Agricultural Studies program this fall, along with the addition of
a new four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
"Please accept my appreciation for understanding my exploration of this opportunity. Was
never distracted from our shared vision in this process," President Hughes said in concluding
her communique to CSU Stanislaus faculty, staff and students. "The University is poised to
attain greater heights through initiatives that are strategically focused. I remain committed
to this calling, and I ask that you stand by me and guide my administration as we continue to
pursue the highest goals for our campus. I value your masterful efforts and look forward to
continuing to serve as your President."
Contact: Don Hansen (209) 667-3391