The California State University today (Feb. 15) announced the three semi-finalists for the presidency of CSU Channel Islands. They are: Vicky Carwein, chancellor and dean of the University of Washington, Tacoma; Michael Ortiz, provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Fresno; and Richard Rush, president of Minnesota State University at Mankato.

Each candidate will spend a day at the Channel Islands campus meeting with campus officials and other constituencies. Ortiz will visit on Feb. 20; Carwein will visit on Feb. 21; and Rush will visit on Feb. 22.

Prior to assuming her current position in 1998, Carwein held other executive administrative positions at the University of Washington and was dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She earned a B.S. in nursing from Indiana University, an M.S. in medial surgical nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and a D.N.S. in nursing synthesis from Indiana University.

After serving two years in an interim capacity, Ortiz was appointed permanently to his current position in 1999. He also was dean, associate provost and interim provost at the University of Southern Colorado. He earned a B.U.S. in English and secondary education and an M.A. in special education from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in special education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Prior to assuming his current position in 1992, Rush was the executive vice president at CSU San Marcos when it was founded in 1989. He was dean and director of the San Diego State University North County campus from 1984-89. He earned an A.B. in classics, English and philosophy at Gonzaga University, and an M.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in English renaissance literature from UCLA.

CSU Trustee William (Denny) Campbell chaired the search committee. The search process began in November 2000, and about 60 individuals submitted applications.

"We had an outstanding pool of candidates. These three share high levels of experience and energy, which are critical qualities as the campus continues its transformation from an off-campus center to an independent university," said Campbell.

After the finalists meet with the CSU Board of Trustees in early March the next president will be selected. That individual will succeed J. Handel Evans, who has served as president since 1996.

Channel Islands is the newest CSU university and will begin accepting students as a full university in fall of 2002. It is located at the site of the former Camarillo State Hospital. Currently, Channel Islands is the largest off-campus center in the CSU system and is under the auspices of CSU Northridge. Enrollment there includes more than 1,800 students from Ventura, Santa Barbara, and surrounding counties.

The immediate responsibilities of the incoming president will be the hiring of the first Channel Islands faculty and administrators and the continued physical development of the campus.

The California State University is the largest four-year university system in the country. More than 21,000 faculty teach over 370,000 students on 23 CSU campuses and six off-campus centers extending from Humboldt County in the north to San Diego in the south. Altogether, about half the bachelor's degrees and a third of the master's degrees awarded in California are from the CSU.

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