Recruiting the vice chancellor for external relations and communications

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The California State University—the nation’s largest and most ethnically, economically and academically diverse four-year university—is seeking its next Vice Chancellor for External Relations and Communications.

With more than 450,000 students and 56,000 faculty and staff across the Golden State, the CSU is a significant force in shaping the cultural, social and economic landscape of California. Every year, CSU campuses confer approximately 127,000 degrees, reflecting the university’s commitment to student success.

Leadership Profile

The highly skilled and experienced leader seeking this role will report to the Chancellor, lead a division comprising 55 employees, and oversee eight direct reports and a budget of approximately $11 million.

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Search Advisory Committee

The Search Advisory Committee reflects the ethos of the CSU and, in concert with the search firm, steers the process for finding the system’s external relations and communications leader.

Committee members 


The Division of External Relations and Communications promotes the California State University to key stakeholders and constituents by communicating its strengths as a state and national leader in higher education. It achieves this objective by leading the CSU’s efforts in advocacy, communications and brand positioning, media relations, advancement, alumni engagement and more—advancing the CSU’s mission to provide high-quality, accessible, and affordable education that transforms lives and contributes to the economic and societal success of California.

Open Forum Live Stream

Open Forum Live Stream

December 5 2019 | 12:00 - 2:00pm
Fresno State, Satellite Student Union


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Do you know someone who would be an excellent External Relations and Communications leader for the California State University? If so, please share your suggestion with the committee and search firm.

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About the CSU

Created in 1960, the California State University’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable higher education to California residents. With 23 campuses serving more than 460​,000 students and 56,000 faculty and staff, the university is a vital economic engine for California and the nation. State support for the CSU remains strong, and the academic reputation of faculty and students consistently draws recognition from peer institutions.

The Vice Chancellor of External Relations and Communica​tions is a key member of the Chancellor’s Council, joining five other vice chancellor-level peers in providing guidance to the university and to campus colleagues.

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