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CSU Chancellor Search: Committee Members and Schedule of Open Forums Announced



Dumke Auditorium with the copy "News Update" across it.

California State University, Office of the Chancellor 


As part of the comprehensive and inclusive process that will guide the national search to identify and appoint the next California State University (CSU) Chancellor, the CSU has finalized the members of the Implementation and Assessment Committees and the schedule for the open forums.

Two committees have been appointed to work collaboratively throughout the search:

Implementation Committee for the Selection of the Chancellor

The Chair of the CSU Board of Trustees appoints an Implementation Committee to guide the process for the selection of the chancellor. The Implementation Committee is comprised of eight members representing a broad cross-section of university constituencies, including:

  • Wenda Fong, Chair of the Board and Implementation Committee Chair
  • Jack Clarke, Jr., Vice Chair of the Board
  • Julia Lopez, Trustee
  • Jack McGrory, Trustee
  • Yammilette Rodriguez, Trustee
  • Jolene Koester, Interim Chancellor
  • Robert Keith Collins, immediate past chair, Academic Senate CSU and professor, San Francisco State University (faculty representative)
  • Krishan Malhotra, president, Cal State Student Association and student, California State University, Stanislaus (student representative)

Assessment Committee for the Selection of the Chancellor

An Assessment Committee will work in parallel with the Implementation Committee throughout the search process. The Assessment Committee is comprised of the following 12 members representing key stakeholder groups:

  • Larry Adamson, Alumni Trustee and Assessment Committee Chair
  • Diana Aguilar-Cruz, Student Trustee
  • Romey Sabalius, Faculty Trustee
  • Jean Picker Firstenberg, Trustee
  • Beth Steffel, chair, Academic Senate CSU and professor, California State University, San Bernardino (faculty representative)
  • Dixie Samaniego, vice president of systemwide affairs, Cal State Student Association and student, California State University, Fullerton (student representative)
  • Timothy Chambers, facilities maintenance mechanic, California State University, Dominguez Hills (staff representative)
  • Sedrick Spencer, vice president of government relations, Paramount and alumnus, California State University, San Bernardino (alumni representative)
  • Hon. Gaddi H. Vasquez, retired U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and member, CSU Foundation Board of Governors (community representative)
  • William Watkins, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, California State University, Northridge (campus vice president/dean representative)
  • Richard Yao, president, California State University Channel Islands (campus president representative)
  • Lynnette Zelezny, president, California State University, Bakersfield (campus president representative)

The Implementation Committee for the Selection of the Chancellor will host hybrid open forums at three locations across California – one each in the south, central and north – in early February 2023 at the following locations:


February 7, 2023, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
CSU Chancellor's Office; Dumke Auditorium


February 8, 2023, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
California State University, Bakersfield; Doré Theatre


February 9, 2023, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
San Francisco State University, McKenna Theatre (Creative Arts Building)

Each forum will provide an opportunity for members of the CSU community to participate in person or virtually to share their thoughts about the qualities and experiences needed by the next chancellor. All open forums will also be livestreamed.

Please note that members of the CSU community are welcome to attend any of the forums and provide in-person comment to the committees. Those who wish to provide comments virtually must register in advance at the links above.  Each link is unique to the specific forum.  Registration is not needed to attend in person or to observe virtually.

Please visit the Chancellor Search website for additional information.

About the California State University

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