Campus: CSU Fullerton -- August 19, 2002
Lopez Named CSU Student Trustee
Governor Gray Davis has appointed Alex Lopez, a 21-year-old business
administration junior and the student body president at California State
University, Fullerton, to a two-year term on the California State University’s
governing body, the Board of Trustees.
“I am excited. This position entails great responsibility and
presents real opportunity to affect change for the better. The CSU plays
a critical role in sparking success in the lives of Californians. I
have seen how the mission of the CSU has worked to realize goals and
dreams that otherwise would have remained dormant.”
Alex believes by his own background—he still works in the family
business, a small grocery store located in Santa Ana—will help
bring to life for the trustees issues that impact CSU students, who
are overwhelmingly working students with outside responsibilities. Alex
is an exemplar of the success of CSU Fullerton in attracting, mentoring
and retaining freshmen who are the first in their families to attend
college (the campus was recently ranked 6th in the nation in conferring
bachelor’s degrees on minority students in 2000 –2001, according
to US Department of Education statistics).
The Board of Trustees is the highest policy-making body for the 23-campus
CSU system, one of the largest systems of public higher education in
the world. The board establishes policies on student fees, admissions
criteria, remedial education, technology, financial aid, and numerous
other areas that impact the nearly 400,000 students at all 23 CSU campuses.
Each year the California State Student Association (CSSA), the official
voice of CSU students, conducts a search for the next student trustee.
Students hold two seats in staggered terms on the 25-member board. Their
primary responsibility is to present the positions, issues and perspectives
of CSU students.
“CSSA greatly appreciates the Governor having expedited this appointment
to fill the seat left vacant by Dan Cartwright, whose term ended on
June 30th,” commented CSSA Chair, Artemio Pimentel. “We
are delighted with the Governor’s choice. Alex Lopez is committed
to higher education and will be a strong and capable representative
for CSU students.”
As incoming student trustee, Alex will occupy the nonvoting seat his
first year. He will become the voting representative when senior student
trustee, Erene Thomas of Cal Poly Pomona, completes her term of office
in June 2003.
Alex anticipates a quick and intense period of learning his new responsibilities
and educating himself about priority issues. He plans to take his seat
at the September meeting as a prepared member of the board.
For more information about CSSA’s search beginning this fall for
the next student trustee, contact José Solache, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Joan Hemphill, email@example.com.
Contact:José Solache, External Vice Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org