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Special Committee to Consider the Selection of the Chancellor to Convene First Open Forum




​​​​​​​​The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees Special Committee to Consider the Selection of the Chancellor will begin the search process for the next chancellor by hosting an open forum on Tuesday, November 12, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom at Sacramento State.

This will be the first of six planned forums as part of a listening tour to gather feedback from stakeholders and interested parties as the trustees search for the university's next chancellor. This informati​on will help guide the recruitment activities over the next several months, with the goal to appoint a new chancellor in​ summer 2020. ​Chancellor Timothy P. White
his intent to retire at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.​

The open forums will also be livestreamed on the Chancellor's recruitment website​. The website will provide information about the search, including a place for people to submit feedback regarding the next chancellor directly to the committees.

The schedule for the subsequent five forums is as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 13, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room at California State University, East Bay.
  • Wednesday, November 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dumke Auditorium at the California State University Office of the Chancellor (estimated start time pending the conclusion of the Board of Trustees meeting).
  • Friday, November 22, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Services Building - multipurpose room at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
  • Tuesday, December 3, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom at California State University San Marcos.
  • Thursday, December 5 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union at California State University, Fresno.

Board of Trustees Chairman Adam Day previously anno​unced​ the appointment of 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.

An Advisory Committee, consisting of leadership 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' Committee. 

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