James M. Rosser
James M. Rosser

Dr. James M. Rosser

California State University, Los Angeles

Office of the President


Distinguished for his commitment to diversity and excellence, James M. Rosser has been serving as the sixth president of California State University, Los Angeles for more than three decades. Throughout his tenure, Rosser has championed increasing access to higher education among underserved communities and promoted programs that increase diversity in education and within the scientific community.

Rosser also holds the rank of professor of health care management and professor of microbiology at Cal State L.A. His contributions to the field of health care delivery have resulted in published works on health, health values and the health profession, as well as a number of related appointments, including consultant to the National Institutes of Health's National Heart and Lung Institute and member of the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners. Rosser has also served on the National Board of Governors of the American Red Cross, as a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging, the California Council on Science and Technology, and as a board member of the National Health Foundation.

Rosser has served as a consultant to educational organizations, including the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the American Council on Education, and the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the Educational Testing Service, and the Carnegie Policy Council on Higher Education. In addition, he has served on many national, state and local organizations, including the Los Angeles Urban League, the California Community Foundation, Community Television of Southern California, Americans for the Arts, the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Rosserís honors include honorary doctorates from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Pepperdine University.

Academic Experience

President and Professor of Health Care Management, California State University, Los Angeles, 1979 to date; and Professor of Biological Sciences, 2004 to date.

Vice Chancellor (Deputy Chancellor), State of New Jersey, Department of Higher Education, 1974-79.

Acting Chancellor, State of New Jersey, Department of Higher Education, 1977.

Tenured Associate Professor of Education and of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Kansas, 1971-74.

Member, Graduate Faculty, University of Kansas, 1970-74.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Senior Deputy), University of Kansas, 1970-74.

Lecturer in Education, University of Kansas, 1970-71.

Assistant to the Chancellor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale Illinois, 1970.

Member, Graduate Faculty, Administration and Foundations, College of Education; Director, Black American Studies; Assistant Professor of Health Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1969-70.

Instructor, Health Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1968-69.

Coordinator, Black American Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1968-69.

Instructor, Extension Services, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1967.


Ph.D., Health Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.A., Microbiology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
B.A., Microbiology (with honors), Southern Illinois University Carbondale