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CSU Mourns Passing of Trustee William Hauck




The California State University (CSU) mourns the passing of William (Bill) Hauck, one of the longest serving members on the CSU Board of Trustees, an alumnus and an ardent advocate of the CSU. Appointed to the Board in 1993, Trustee Hauck served as vice chair from 1996 to 1998 and as chair from 1998 to 2000. At the time of his passing he chaired the Board’s Finance Committee.

“We are all deeply saddened by the passing of such an iconic figure in the CSU and our state. Bill will be remembered as a bold leader, a proud and accomplished alumnus and tireless champion of the CSU and our students. The entire CSU family is diminished by his loss,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.

An alumnus of San José State and former president of the California State Student Association (CSSA), Hauck was a staunch supporter of students who kept student success at the forefront of his decision-making. During his long-standing service as a Trustee, Hauck served on numerous committees charged with improving student achievement including the steering committee for the system’s Access to Excellence strategic plan. In 2010, he endowed the Trustee William Hauck Scholarship, which recognizes a San José State University student who demonstrates superior academic performance, personal accomplishments and service to the community. Additionally, Hauck led the search committees for several campus presidents including searches at Sacramento, San José and most recently at San Diego. In 2012, Hauck chaired the search committee that appointed CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.

“Bill will be remembered as a top-notch education policy leader with high professional integrity and an unwavering commitment to the university’s mission. He inspired me and all who knew him. Some of my fondest memories of Bill, in recent years, stemmed from his tireless advocacy work to safeguard state and federal financial aid for our neediest students. I marveled at his ability to seize every available opportunity to boast about his alma mater, San José State, and tout the stellar work of our students and alumni. Even though he had served for decades on the Board, Bill never lost his passion for the CSU nor his commitment to staying connected to students. He took time to visit campuses and met regularly with students through CSSA. He has left a hole in our leadership team, and I will miss him beyond words,” said Board Chair Bob Linscheid.


About the California State University
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Chancellor; Board of Trustees; Alumni