Trustees assembled at the Office of the Chancellor during a Board of Trustees meeting
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CSU Trustees Finalize Search Process for Next Chancellor



Trustees assembled at the Office of the Chancellor during a Board of Trustees meeting

The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees has launched the search for the next chancellor and has finalized a comprehensive and inclusive process that will guide the national search to identify and appoint the next leader of the 23-university system.

“This process honors our principles of transparency and inclusivity, and demonstrates a commitment to collaboration by seeking the broadest possible engagement across CSU constituencies and stakeholder groups as we determine the desired characteristics of our next chancellor," said Wenda Fong, chair of the CSU Board of Trustees. “Our goal is to create the largest and most diverse pool of highly skilled and talented individuals, and to identify the single individual best suited to lead the most significant university system in the nation at this very important time for the CSU."

The process will include the appointment of two committees that will work collaboratively throughout the search.

An Implementation Committee is appointed by the chair of the board and will be comprised of eight members including the chair, vice chair, three trustees, the outgoing interim chancellor and one representative each from the California State Student Association (CSSA) and the Academic Senate of the CSU (ASCSU). This committee will work to identify the desired characteristics of a successful candidate and is responsible for conducting the final evaluation of all prospective candidates.

An Assessment Committee will work in parallel with the Implementation Committee and will be comprised of 12 members from a broad group of stakeholders: four trustees including the faculty trustee and a student trustee, one student representative from CSSA, one faculty representative from the ASCSU, one represented staff member, one vice president or academic dean from a CSU campus, two campus presidents, one CSU alum and one community member. This committee is responsible for conducting the initial review and comprehensive assessment of all prospective candidates and making recommendations to the Implementation Committee.

The full board of trustees will conduct interviews with finalists and appoint the next chancellor.

A dedicated chancellor search webpage with detailed information including the full rosters for both committees and a schedule of open forums that will take place in early February across the state will be shared in the near future.

About the California State University

The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 460,000 students, and 56,000 faculty and staff. Nearly 40 percent of the CSU's undergraduate students transfer from California Community Colleges. The CSU was created in 1960 with a mission of providing high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 132,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 4 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.