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CSU Mourns Passing of Trustee Peter G. Mehas

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On Saturday, September 28, the California State University (CSU) was notified about the untimely passing of Peter G. Mehas, a long-standing member of the CSU Board of Trustees. Trustee Mehas was appointed to the Board in 2007, and was expected to serve out an eight-year term ending in 2015.

During his long, illustrious educational career, Trustee Mehas served as a teacher, school administrator, district superintendent, county superintendent of schools, legislative advocate at both a state and federal level for public education, as Governor George Deukmejian’s chief advisor on public and private education, and more.

In a statement issued on Saturday, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White said, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of such an iconic individual. Dr. Mehas committed his entire life to everything positive through education, and his work and efforts touched education at every level. The entire California State University family is diminished by his loss.”

Board Chair Bob Linscheid stated “We are deeply saddened by Pete’s untimely passing. Pete made an indelible mark on the entire educational community through his decades of educational leadership and service to the California State University. He will be remembered fondly as a champion for all students, and for his professional integrity and commitment to the university’s mission. On a personal note, I will miss Pete’s counsel and his deep commitment to the governance of the CSU. I specially selected Pete to the lead the search for the new president of Fresno State, which brought us President Joseph Castro. Pete’s dedication to his alma mater, sensitivity to the needs of students and the campus community and keen understanding of the needs of the Fresno community made him my standout choice as the chair of the search committee. I’m so glad that Pete led the effort that brought us strong leadership for Fresno State to continue its legacy of educational excellence. Pete was an extraordinary person, a dependable leader and a tireless advocate for the CSU. I will miss him greatly.”

Trustee Mehas received numerous national, state and regional honors during his many decades of service and leadership to the state’s educational community. A champion for the CSU and a faithful alumnus of Fresno State, Trustee Mehas was honored in 2002 with the “Top Dog” Distinguished Alumni Award. Learn more about Trustee Mehas’ contributions to public education by following this link.

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