Selection of New California State University, East Bay President Begins

Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, (562) 951-4800, caba@calstate.edu

(November 22, 2005) – The California State University Board of Trustees will begin the search this month for a new president of Cal State East Bay to succeed current President Norma S. Rees who is retiring in July 2006.

The first meeting of the search committee will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Conference Room 311 in the University Union on the campus.

This is the only meeting of the committee that is open to the public.

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. Both committees function as one group.

Trustee Herbert L. Carter will chair the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President. The other trustee members are Roberta Achtenberg and Jeffrey L. Bleich, plus CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed and Trustee Chair Murray Galinson. The latter two are ex-officio to the committee.

Members of the Advisory Committee to the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President are faculty members Don Sawyer, chair, Academic Senate; Julia Norton, professor of statistics; and Henry Reichman, professor of history. Representing the students is Kamar O’Guinn, chair, Associated Students, and the staff member is Joseph Corica, library assistant. Also on the committee are Cindi Newbold from the Alumni Association; Alden Reimonenq, dean, of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; Tim Silva, chair, of the Cal State East Bay Educational Foundation Board of Trustees; and Alexander Gonzalez, president of California State University, Sacramento.

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 several months reviewing applications and will conduct interviews with semi-finalists. It is expected that the finalists will make visits to the campus in early May 2006. The Board of Trustees is expected to select a new president around the time of the May 16-17 trustees meeting. President Rees will retire in July 2006 after 16 years as president of Cal State East Bay.

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

California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay area’s public university of choice. It serves the region with two scenic campuses, one in the Hayward Hills and the other in the Concord foothills, and a professional development center in downtown Oakland. With an enrollment of nearly 13,000, the campus attracts students from throughout the region and from more than 80 countries. Named the past two years as a “Best in West” college by The Princeton Review, it offers more than 100 fields of study, award-winning curriculum, small classes, expert faculty and a fast, flexible quarter system. It confers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees as well as a new Ed.D. in educational leadership offered in conjunction with UC Berkeley, San Jose State and San Francisco State.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, more than 405,000 students and 43,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 82,000 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 www.calstate.edu.

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Last Updated: November 22, 2005

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