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Dominguez Hills Presidential Search Committee to Hold First Meeting

 (Jan. 9, 2007) – The California State University Board of Trustees will begin the search this month for a new president of California State University, Dominguez Hills to succeed retiring President James E. Lyons. 

The first meeting of the search committee will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 19 at Welch Hall (Room D444) on the Dominguez Hills campus.  This is the first and only meeting of the committee that is an open meeting.  

Trustee Debra Farar will chair the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President.  The other trustee members of the selection committee include Herbert Carter, Raymond Holdsworth and Glen Toney, as well as Trustee Chair Roberta Achtenberg and CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. 

Board policy 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, 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. 

Members of the Advisory Committee for the Selection of the President include faculty members David Bradfield, professor of music; Rod Butler, chair, Academic Senate; and Susan Needham, acting chair and professor of anthropology.  Janisa Spears, president, CSUDH Alumni Association will represent the alumni; Ifeanyi Ebigbo, president, Associated Students, will represent the students; Theresa C. Cuarenta, assistant to athletics director, will represent the campus staff; and Boice M. Bowman, vice president, student affairs, will represent the campus administration.  Others on the committee are Timothy Leiweke, president and chief executive officer, Anschutz Entertainment Group, Mary L. Carrido, chair, President’s Advisory Board and Cal Poly Pomona President Mike Ortiz. 

The purpose of the initial meeting is to discuss the role of the committee, set the schedule of meetings, review the descriptions of the campus and 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 the spring with a new president anticipated to be selected by the CSU Board of Trustees in May. 

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

About CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU Dominguez Hills is the most diverse of the CSU campuses, and according to U.S. News & World Report, one of the most diverse in the west among universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  This community-based university prides itself on personal service to students, many of whom are first in their family to earn a degree.  CSUDH offers 43 undergraduate majors and 23 master’s degrees as well as multiple subject and single-subject teaching credentials.

About California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff.  Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 84,000 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: January 9, 2007

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