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Rollin C. Richmond of Iowa Named New Humboldt State University President

Rollin C. Richmond today (March 14, 2002) was named Humboldt State University's sixth president by the California State University Board of Trustees. He will succeed Alistair McCrone, who is retiring after serving as president since 1974.

Richmond, currently the provost at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, will assume the presidency July 1.

"I am honored by the opportunity to serve Humboldt State University as its sixth president. HSU faculty and staff are committed to providing students with a quality education that prepares them for fulfilling lives. I look forward to working with the university community and people of Humboldt County to strengthen the community and its university," Richmond said.

Richmond received a Ph.D. in genetics from the Rockefeller University and a bachelor's degree in zoology from San Diego State University. He has been at Iowa State since 1999. Previously, he served as the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook, 1995-99; dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida, 1990-95; and in academic and administrative positions at Indiana University, 1970-1990.

"Dr. Richmond is a proven scholar who has left positive legacies at three major universities," said Trustee Debra Farar, chair of the presidential search committee. "He will build on the already high academic reputation of Humboldt State and expand it even farther across the country."

His salary will be set by the Board of Trustees at the May 15 meeting.

The search for a new president began in October 2001. The committee was composed of CSU trustees, a CSU president and representatives of Humboldt State faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community.

Richmond, 57, and his wife, Ann, have four grown children.

Humboldt State is consistently cited as being in the top 10 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities for academic quality. More than 400 faculty teach 7,500 students in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. More than 100 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional programs are offered. Humboldt is especially noted for small class-size, low student-faculty ratio, time-to-graduation, graduation rate and job placements for graduates. For more information, see www.humboldt.edu.

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. For more information, see www.calstate.edu.


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Last Updated: 14 March 2002

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