Four Finalists Announced for Presidency of California State University, Long Beach

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(October 10, 2005) – The California State University today named four finalists for the presidency of California State University, Long Beach.

The four finalists and the dates they will visit the campus for all-day meetings with various campus and community groups are

  • F. King Alexander, president, Murray State University (Kentucky), who will visit the campus on Thursday, October 20.
  • Wilson G. Bradshaw, president, Metropolitan State University (Minnesota), who will visit the campus on Wednesday, October 19.
  • Gary W. Reichard, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, CSU Long Beach, who will visit the campus on Monday, October 17.
  • Richard H. Wells, chancellor, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, who will visit the campus on Tuesday, October 18.

Each of the four will spend a day on the campus meeting faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community. An open forum will be held daily for the campus and community from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Horn Center. (There will be daily media access during each campus visit from 2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Horn Center conference room.)

“These four candidates are outstanding individuals, anyone of whom would make a superb president for California State University, Long Beach,” said CSU Trustee Bob Foster, chair of the presidential search committee. “They all have extensive experience in higher education, impeccable academic credentials and leadership skills that will ensure that the Long Beach campus continues to provide students with access to a top quality education.”

The new president will succeed Bob Maxson, who is retiring after 11 years as president. Maxson will continue to work for the coming year at the California State University Office of the Chancellor, assisting CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed on major academic issues, including the CSU’s new education doctorate program, and serving as a mentor to new CSU presidents.

Alexander, who has been president at Murray State since 2001, is also a foundation fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. From 1997-2001, he was the coordinator of the Higher Education Program, University of Illinois, where he also was an assistant professor.

He is a faculty affiliate at Cornell University and the University of Illinois. At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he served as the director of Annual Programs and the coordinator of External Programs.

His Ph.D. is in higher education administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison; his master of sciences in educational studies/comparative education policy from the University of Oxford (England); and his bachelor’s degree in political science is from St. Lawrence University.

Bradshaw, who has been president and professor of psychology at Metropolitan State University since 2000, previously was provost & vice president for academic affairs at Bloomsburg University (PA), and prior to that was vice president and dean of Graduate Studies and professor of psychology at Georgia Southern University. At Florida Atlantic University, he held several positions, including dean and assistant dean of Graduate Studies, where he also was an associate professor of psychology. He held faculty positions at Florida A&M University/VA Medical Center; Wright State University, School of Medicine (OH); and the University of Pittsburgh.

His Ph.D. in psychobiology is from the University of Pittsburgh; his master of arts in experimental psychology is from Florida Atlantic University, where he also earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology.

Reichard, who has been provost and senior vice president at Cal State Long Beach since 2002, previously was the associate vice president for academic affairs and a professor of history at the campus. Prior to coming to Long Beach, he was at Florida Atlantic University, where he served as chair, Department of History; acting associate dean, Schmidt College of Arts and Humanities; and dean of Undergraduate Studies. He was the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Maryland System; the director of the University Honors Program at the University of Delaware; and chair of the Department of History at The Ohio State University.

His degrees are all in history: his Ph.D. is from Cornell University; his master of arts is from Vanderbilt University; and his bachelor of arts is from the College of Wooster.

Wells, who has been chancellor and professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh since 2000, previously was provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of sociology at Indiana State University. Prior to that, he was the dean, College of Arts and Sciences at West Chester University (PA); chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and associate professor of sociology at the University of South Alabama; an assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; and program coordinator and assistant professor of sociology/anthropology at Coker College (SC).

His degrees are all in sociology: his Ph.D. is from Texas A&M University; his master of arts is from the University of Arkansas; and his bachelor of arts is from William Penn College (IA).

The CSU Board of Trustees will interview all four finalists individually on Wednesday, October 26. The board is expected to announce the new president by the end of October.

The CSU presidential search committee is composed of three trustees plus the board chair, the CSU chancellor, a CSU president, Long Beach faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives and community members.

For more information on the candidates, go to http://executivesearch.calstate.edu.

California State University, Long Beach is one of the largest four-year universities in California. Students are served by nearly 2,000 faculty within the university’s eight colleges, which offer 85 baccalaureate degrees and 67 master’s degrees and two joint doctoral degrees. “The Beach” was the first campus to offer academic scholarships to California high school valedictorians and National Merit scholars through its President’s Scholars Program, which now supports more than 375 students. The university is a member of the Long Beach Education Partnership, considered the national prototype of seamless education from preschool through the master’s degree. Since 1950, the campus has awarded more than 200,000 degrees. In addition to its academic reputation, CSULB is known for its lush, garden-like campus spreading over 320 acres just three miles from the Pacific Ocean. See www.csulb.edu.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, more than 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 82,000 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 www.calstate.edu.


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