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CSU Long Beach Presidential Search Committee to Hold First Meeting

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The California State University Board of Trustees is beginning the search for a new president of California State University Long Beach (CSULB) to succeed F. King Alexander, who was appointed president of LSU and chancellor of Louisiana State University A&M (LSU).

The first meeting of the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President will be held in an open forum from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 30, at the Pointe in the Walter Pyramid on the CSULB campus. The open meeting will be followed by a closed meeting at noon.

CSU Trustee Roberta Achtenberg will chair the committee. The other trustee members include:  Margaret Fortune, Lupe Garcia, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, as well as Trustee Chair Bob Linscheid and CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.

Board policy requires the chair to appoint an Advisory Committee to the Trustees’ Committee. The Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from the faculty, students and alumni, as well as a member of a campus advisory board, all of whom are selected by the campus’ constituency groups. Also on the Advisory Committee is a vice president or academic dean from the campus, and a president of another CSU campus – both selected by the chancellor.  Both committees function as one unified group.

Members of the Advisory Committee for the Selection of the President include:

  • CSULB Faculty members Wendy Reiboldt, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and Praveen Soni, Ph.D., professor, Department of Marketing
  • Daniel O’Connor, Ph.D., chair, CSULB Academic Senate
  • Mary Stephens, vice president, Administration and Finance, CSULB
  • Jennifer Moran, development coordinator, CSULB College of the Arts  (staff representative)
  • Larisa Hamada, director, Equity and Diversity, CSULB
  • John Haberstroh, president and CEO, Associated Students, Inc. (student representative)
  • Kathy Bazarian (alumni representative)
  • Roberta Jenkins, member, CSULB Foundation Board (campus advisory board representative)
  • Community members Ken Miller, The Honorable Robert Foster, Mayor of Long Beach, and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, superintendent-president, Long Beach Community College District
  • Dianne Harrison, Ph.D., president of CSU Northridge

The purpose of the meeting in an open forum is to:  review the role of the committee, receive comments and input from the public and campus community, explain the search process and confidentiality, confirm the schedule of meetings, discuss preferred attributes of the next president, review the descriptions and needs of the campus and presidential position, and discuss any other business related to the search process.

Over the next several months, the committee will review applications and conduct interviews.

For more information about the CSU presidential search process, see the Executive Search page.


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