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California State University Trustees to Begin Search for Next Chancellor




​​The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees will begin the search for the university's next chancellor to succeed Timothy P. White, who announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

Adam Day, chairman of the Board of Trustees has appointed trustees to a Special Committee to Consider the Selection of the Chancellor to conduct the confidential national search. Jean Picker Firstenberg will chair the Special Committee. Other trustees participating include Debra Farar (committee vice chair), Silas Abrego, Wenda Fong, Juan Garcia, Romey Sabalius and Peter Taylor. Chairman Day, Board Vice Chair Lillian Kimbell and Chancellor White will serve as ex-officio members of the committee. Additionally, Trustee Emerita Roberta Achtenberg will serve as a senior advisor to the committee.

A Stakeholder Advisory Committee, including membership from the statewide academic senate, California State Student Association, alumni council, campus presidents and staff, will also be appointed to serve in concert with the trustees' Special Committee. 

The Special Committee and the Advisory Committee will initially work together and begin the process by conducting a listening tour in November and December, including campus forums across the state. The listening tour will inform the qualities and experiences that CSU's stakeholders seek in the next chancellor, along with their hopes and aspirations for CSU in the years ahead. This information will be used to help guide the recruitment activities over the next several months, with a goal to appoint a new chancellor in summer 2020.

Campuses and dates for forums will be announced in the near future.

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