Committee Named to Search for New CSU Stanislaus President

Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, (562) 951-4800,

(October 21, 2004) – The California State University Board of Trustees will begin the search this month for a new president of California State University, Stanislaus to replace Marvalene Hughes, who has retired as the campus president but who is serving as the interim president through June.

The first meeting of the search committee will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 26, in the President’s Conference Room, MSR390, on the campus. This is the first and only meeting of the committee that is an open meeting.

Under the CSU Board of Trustees’ presidential selection policy, adopted in 1997, the chair of the board establishes a five-person Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President, which is composed of the chair of the board, the chancellor and three trustees, one of whom is designated as committee chair by the board chair. Board policy also requires the chair to appoint an advisory group to the trustees’ committee. The Advisory Committee to the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President is composed of representatives of the faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as a member of the campus advisory board, all of whom are selected by the campus constituent groups. Also on the advisory committee are a vice president or academic dean from the campus, and a president of another CSU campus, both selected by the chancellor.

Trustee Debra S. Farar will chair the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President. The other trustee members are Herbert L. Carter and Carol R. Chandler, plus CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed and Trustees Chair Murray Galinson.

Members of the Advisory Committee for the Selection of the President include faculty members Steven M. Filling, speaker of the faculty & chair of the Academic Senate; Fred Hilpert, professor of Communications Studies; and Mark Thompson, chair and professor of English. Jane Rodgers, an Associated Students’ senator, is the student representative; Ken McCall is representing the CSUS Alumni Association; Benjamin Duran is representing the CSUS University Advisory Board; Chessie Robbins from the Office of First Year Programs and Advising is representing the staff; and John Phillips, past president, is representing the CSUS Foundation Board. Also on the committee are Cynthia L. Morgan, dean of the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center and William B. Eisenhardt, president of the California Maritime Academy

The purpose of this initial meeting is to discuss the role of the committee, set the schedule of meetings, review the descriptions of the campus and the presidential position, and discuss any other business related to the search process.

The committee will work over the next few months reviewing applications and will conduct interviews with semi-finalists. It is expected that the finalists will make open visits to the campus in the spring. The Board of Trustees will select a new president before current President Hughes leaves the campus in 2005, after 11 years as the campus president and a total of 25 years with the California State University system.

For information about the CSU presidential search process, see the Executive Search page.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, more than 409,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 77,000 annually. 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. See

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Last Updated: October 21, 2004

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