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CSU Trustees Appoint Jane Close Conoley as President of California State University, Long Beach

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First Female President to Lead CSULB

The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees has named Jane Close Conoley, Ph.D., president of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). She becomes the first woman to be appointed as president of CSULB, and is expected to begin her new position in July. Conoley is currently serving as dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).

“Cal State Long Beach is renowned for its quality, diversity and global mission and it is an honor to be selected as the university’s next president,” said Conoley. “The excellence of its academic offerings, its storied athletic heritage and its unique location has made it one of the CSU’s most popular campuses for prospective students. This is a vibrant university that plays a key role in southern California, and I embrace the opportunity to work with the outstanding students, faculty, staff and Long Beach community to reach even greater heights.”

Conoley replaces CSULB Provost Donald J. Para, who has been serving in an interim capacity as president since June 2013. Para succeeded F. King Alexander who was appointed president and chancellor of Louisiana State University A&M. Conoley will be the campus’ seventh permanent president in its 66-year history.

“Cal State Long Beach is one of the CSU’s largest and most diverse campuses, but it continues to grow and develop and Dr. Conoley has the skills, knowledge and vision to steward that development,” said CSU Trustee Roberta Achtenberg, chair of the presidential search committee. “Dr. Conoley has dedicated her life to education and has served as a teacher, professor and top administrator. Her extensive experience as an educator and her understanding of California make her the perfect choice to lead Cal State Long Beach.”

Since 2006, Conoley has served as the dean and a professor of counseling, clinical and school psychology of UCSB’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education.

Prior to her service at UCSB, Conoley served as dean and professor of educational psychology at Texas A&M University (1996-2005), associate dean for research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Teachers College (1989-94). She also held faculty positions at Texas Woman’s University and Syracuse University.

The author or editor of 21 books, Conoley earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of New Rochelle and a doctorate in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

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