Board of Trustees Elects New Chair, Vice Chair

(May 24, 2004) – The California State University Board of Trustees has elected Murray L. Galinson of San Diego as chair of the governing board, and Roberta Achtenberg of San Francisco as vice chair. Both trustees were elected to one-year terms.

Galinson is currently chairman of the board of San Diego National Bank. He also serves on a number of corporate boards, including First Dental Health, Price/Legacy Corp. and Price Smart Company. He also serves on various non-profit boards, including California Western Law School, San Diego’s Naval Training Center Foundation, San Diego Jewish Community Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation of Los Angeles.

He earned his bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate from United States International University.

Roberta Achtenberg is senior vice president for public policy of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from UC Berkeley and her law degree from the University of Utah.

Looking at the coming year, Galinson said, “We obviously have budget concerns, as does all of higher education, so we will work to maintain quality for our students during this downturn. Some issues we will concentrate on this year are working with the high schools to better prepare students for college, such as having them participate in the Early Assessment Program, and moving forward on our educational doctoral programs so more students can obtain their degrees and enhance their careers.

“These are obviously challenging times,” Galinson added. “I feel the best approach is to work collaboratively with the governor, legislators, other educational systems, our faculty and staff, the students, and taxpayers of this state. The education of our students is paramount. We have a wonderful student body and outstanding faculty. The CSU is not only the largest institution of higher education in the nation, but it is also the country’s best undergraduate teaching institution.”

Galinson had previously served for two years as vice chair of the board. He succeeds Debra Farar of Los Angeles, who served two terms as chair and who remains on the board as a trustee.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 409,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 77,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See

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Last Updated: May 24, 2004

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