CSU Trustees Appoint F. King Alexander as the New President of California State University, Long Beach

Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, (562) 951-4800, caba@calstate.edu

(October 27, 2005) – The California State University Board of Trustees today named Murray State University President F. King Alexander as the sixth president of California State University, Long Beach.

“It is an honor and a privilege to succeed a highly popular and respected president. The students at Cal State Long Beach are serious about their educational opportunities and I am committed to doing everything possible to enhance their success,” said Alexander. “In my judgment, the faculty and staff are dedicated to students and the advancement of this and the surrounding communities.

“I believe that the value and priorities of Cal State Long Beach are consistent with my own. For this reason, I am proud and humbled to have been selected as the next president of this fine institution. I will strive to continue building on the positive momentum of programs and achievements that distinguish Cal State Long Beach throughout the state and nation today,” he said.

“Dr. Alexander has the right combination of an excellent academic background and superb administrative experience to take the helm of Cal State Long Beach,” said Bob Foster, CSU trustee and chair of the presidential search committee. “He is a strong supporter of student success, is energetic and a visionary who can enhance the campus reputation that outgoing President Bob Maxson built. All members of the CSU Board of Trustees welcome him to the CSU system, and are eager to work with him.”

Alexander, who was one of four finalists for the position, will assume the Long Beach presidency shortly after the first of the year.

The new president will succeed President 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 (Ed.D.) program, and serving as a mentor to new CSU presidents.

During his 15 years in higher education, Alexander has been recognized as an expert in higher education finance and public policy. He also values what private giving can mean to a university.

“Cal State Long Beach has worked hard to improved its graduation rates and I want to see student retention and graduation rates continue to improve. I also want to enhance the multitude of fund- raising opportunities beginning with a well-planned capital campaign that is critical to the future of a strong public university. This campaign would be designed around academic priorities that are articulated by the faculty and academic leaders,” he said.

Alexander has been the president at Murray State University in Kentucky since 2001. He is also a current Foundation Fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, and a Faculty Affiliate at both the Cornell University Higher Education Research Institute and the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Previously he was the coordinator of the Higher Education Program at the University of Illinois, where he also was an assistant professor. In addition, he served as the Director of Annual Programs and the Coordinator of External Programs, both at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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

The Board of Trustees will set his salary at the November 8-9 board meeting.

The search for a new president began in April 2005. The CSU presidential search committee was 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 information about the CSU presidential search process, see the Executive Search Site.

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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Last Updated: October 27, 2005

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