CSU Executive Vice Chancellor Spence to Take New Executive Position in Atlanta

Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, (562) 951-4801, caba@calstate.edu

(January 12 , 2005) - Dr. David S. Spence, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer for the California State University Office of the Chancellor, has accepted the presidency of the Southern Regional Education Board in Atlanta, GA.

Spence has been with the CSU since 1998, having been recruited from the State University System of Florida by CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, the former chancellor of the Florida system. The two have worked together for many years.

"Without a doubt, Dave Spence is the best academic administrator I have worked with in education. He is smart, passionate about student learning, and understands the critical importance of educational partnerships with K-12 and the business community," said Chancellor Reed. "The California State University is losing someone whose skills will not be easily replaced, and I will miss his counsel and support."

Spence is credited with revising the CSU's outreach programs to the state's K-12 schools, creating and implementing the innovative "early signal" Early Assessment Program in which 11th graders can take a test to determine their readiness for college work. Spence also worked with Chancellor Reed and the Board of Trustees to develop strategic programs to improve CSU's graduation rates, such as academic program reviews and revising degree unit requirements. In addition, he and Reed have partnered to improve the transfer rate between the community colleges and the CSU, making sure that students have a clear path to a bachelor's degree.

The Southern Regional Education Board was founded in 1948 at the request of southern leaders in business, education and government; it was the nation's first compact for education. Many other states modeled their joint education-business boards after the SREB. Over the years, SREB has worked to improve every aspect of education - from early childhood education to doctoral degrees and beyond. Former President Clinton and former Governors Riley, Graham, Hunt, Robb, Winter, Alexander and Rockefeller all have chaired the SREB board. More information on the organization is at www.sreb.org.

Spence formerly served with the SREB as its vice president and director, Office of Educational Policies (1984-87) and Research Associate (1976-80). He also previously was the Executive Vice Chancellor of the University System of Georgia (1987-94).

Spence will stay in his CSU position until June. Chancellor Reed and the CSU Board of Trustees will determine when the search for a new executive vice chancellor will begin.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 400,000 students and 44,000 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 workforce needs of the state and 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: January 12, 2005

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