Campus: CSU, Los Angeles -- October 19, 1999

Cal State L.A. President Appointed to Governor's Diversity Task Force

Governor Gray Davis has appointed California State University, Los Angeles' President James M. Rosser as part of a volunteer panel to a task force on outreach and diversity.

The task force includes business, academic and community leaders from California's entire social and political spectrum. The goal of the task force is to make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature on outreach efforts for academic admissions, state contracts, and other programs that will increase diversity without violating the ban on many affirmative action programs opposed by California voters.

Dr. Rosser has served since 1979 as President of Cal State L.A., where he also holds an academic appointment in the School of Health and Human Services. He previously held senior administrative positions in two major universities and served for five years as Vice Chancellor, and later Acting Chancellor, of the State of New Jersey Department of Higher Education.

A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, Dr. Rosser earned academic degrees in health education administration and microbiology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Ph.D. 1969, M.A. 1963, B.A. 1962).

He is active in the American Council on Education, having served on the Commission on Governmental Relations, the Commission on Academic Affairs, the Committee on Confidentiality, and the National Commission on Higher Education Issues and its Task Force on Affirmative Action. He also serves on several committees of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

His community activities include appointments to the boards of directors and/or leadership participation with numerous organizations including the Los Angeles Urban League, Sanwa Bank of California, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, LA's Best, the California Chamber of Commerce, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project, and more.

Under Dr. Rosser's leadership, Cal State L.A., a comprehensive public university founded in 1947, has been recognized as a preeminent urban university. The University--one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation--offers programs in more than 50 academic and professional fields; has an annual enrollment of 19,000 students; and has granted degrees to more than 141,000 graduates.

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