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Four Finalists named for CSU Dominguez Hills Presidency

(April 26, 2007) – The California State University today named four finalists for the presidency of California State University, Dominguez Hills.  The finalists and the dates they will visit the campus for all-day meetings with various groups are:

  • Mildred García, president, Berkeley College, New York and New Jersey, will visit CSU Dominguez Hills on Monday, May 7
  • James A. Anderson, vice president for student success and vice provost for institutional assessment and diversity, University of Albany – SUNY will visit CSU Dominguez Hills on Tuesday, May 8
  • Willie J. Hagan, vice president for administration and finance, chief financial officer, California State University, Fullerton will visit CSU Dominguez Hills on Wednesday, May 9
  • Benjamin F. Quillian, Jr., senior vice president for business and operations, chief financial officer, American Council on Education will visit CSU Dominguez Hills on Thursday, May 10.

Each of the four finalists will spend a day on campus meeting faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community.  An open forum will be held daily for the campus community from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Claudia Hampton Hall D165. 

(There will be daily media availability during the campus visit from 4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Welch Hall.  Media, please contact Brenda Knepper, 310/243-2001).

“Each of the four candidates has excellent academic credentials and the leadership qualities needed to head a diverse, student-focused campus like CSU Dominguez Hills,” said CSU Trustee Debra Farar, chair of the presidential search committee.  “All of the finalists have the breadth of experience and background that is needed to guide the continued growth and development of the campus.”

The new president will succeed interim president Boice Bowman.

The CSU Board of Trustees will interview the four finalists on May 14 and name the new Dominguez Hills president later that week. The trustees will set the president’s salary at a subsequent board meeting.  The new president would begin in the summer.

García has served as president of Berkeley College, New York and New Jersey, since 2001 where she oversees six campuses with almost 6,000 students that offer two and four-year degree programs.  From 1997 to 2001, she held several positions with Arizona State University including vice provost for academic personnel, associate vice provost for academic affairs, and was also a tenured professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  While at ASU, García was also the liaison for faculty with the Hispanic Research Center on campus.  García was also affiliated with Montclair State University from 1986 to 1996 where she served as assistant vice president for academic affairs, executive assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, and as a faculty member in the School of Professional Studies, Department of Counseling, Human Development and Educational Leadership and Management.  She also served as the dean of students for Hostos Community College in New York, as well as executive assistant to the president.  García began her teaching career as an instructor of business and technology at LaGuardia Community College in New York.

García holds a B.S. in business education from Bernard M. Baruch College, an M.A. in business and higher education from New York University, an M.A. in higher education administration from Columbia University – Teachers College, and a Doctor of Education from Columbia University-Teachers College. 

Anderson has been vice president for student success and vice provost for institutional assessment and diversity at the University of Albany – SUNY since 2005 where he is also a professor of psychology.   From 2003 to 2005, Anderson served as vice president and associate provost, institutional assessment and diversity at Texas A&M University, where he was also a professor of psychology.  Anderson was previously vice provost for undergraduate affairs and a professor of counselor education at North Carolina State University, and a professor of psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was also the director of the Benjamin E. Mays Academy of Scholars.  From 1976 to 1983, Anderson was chair of the department of psychology at Xavier University in New Orleans.

Anderson holds a B.A. in psychology from Villanova University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell University.

Hagan has been vice president for administration and finance and the chief financial officer for California State University, Fullerton since 1996.  He also served as interim vice president for university advancement from 2001 to 2003.  Prior to his current position, Hagan held a variety of positions from 1986 to 1996 at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, including as associate vice president for administration, acting vice president for external affairs and director of government relations.  Hagan was also assistant director of legislative services and a research associate for the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education.  From 1976 to 1978, he served as assistant to the director of the Office of Special Academic and Enrichment programs at the University of Connecticut.

Hagan holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Connecticut, an M.F.A. in Theatre, Film and Television from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Quillian has served as senior vice president for business and operations and chief financial officer for the American Council on Education since 2003.  From 1993 to 2003, Quillian held several positions at California State University, Fresno including as vice president for administration and chief financial officer, interim executive director of auxiliary services, and interim athletic director.  Previously, Quillian held a number of positions at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville including vice president for administration, assistant vice president for administration, associate director for university personnel services, assistant director for university personnel services, director for the central affirmative action office, and gained tenure as an associate professor in the Delinquency Study and Youth Development Center, Human Service Program. 

Quillian holds an A.B. in elementary education from Harris Teachers College in Missouri, an M.S. in educational administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a Ph.D. in social relations in education from Washington University.

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

For more information on the candidates, go to

CSU Dominguez Hillsis the most diverse of the CSU campuses, and, according to U.S. News & World Report, one of the most diverse in the west among universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  This community-based university prides itself on personal service to students, many of whom are first in their family to earn a degree.  CSUDH offers 43 undergraduate majors and 23 master’s degrees as well as multiple subject and single-subject teaching credentials.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 417,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 84,000 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 that is working for California. See

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Last Updated:April 26, 2007

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