Patrick Lenz Receives CSU Appointment

(June 7, 2002) Patrick J. Lenz, currently the Executive Vice Chancellor for the California Community Colleges headquarters in Sacramento, has been named Assistant Vice Chancellor, Budget Development in the California State University's Office of the Chancellor.

In his new position, Lenz will take over the duties of the previous Director of Budget Development as well as assume expanded responsibilities. At the CSU headquarters in Long Beach, he will supervise professional staff, provide internal budget advice, develop both long and short-range financial plans, and prepare comprehensive plans promoting the annual Trustees Support Budget request and special funding requests. In Sacramento, he will serve as principal liaison on budget matters for the CSU to the Department of Finance, the Legislative Analyst's Office, and various legislative committees.

Lenz had earlier served as a consultant to the Senate Finance Committee, the Subcommittee on Education, and the Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. He holds a bachelor's degree from San Jose State University. Lenz will begin his duties on August 12, and is currently expected to split his time between Sacramento and Long Beach.

"Patrick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the California State University," said Richard West, CSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer. "In these critical budget times, it is important to have a person with Patrick's expertise advocating for the CSU's budget in Sacramento."

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job- ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever- changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.

Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, 562-951-4801, cbentley-adler@calstate.edu

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Last Updated: 7 June 2002

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