CSU Board of Trustees Launches Search for New President

September 23rd, 2011 | News

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From left, members of the Trustees Committee for the Selection of the President: Debra Farar, Bob Linscheid, Carol Chandler, Glen Toney and Herbert L. Carter. Photos by Lee Choo.

The California State University Board of Trustees has launched a search for a new president of the Northridge campus by appointing a five-member committee that includes CSUN Alumna Debra Farar ’75 (English) and ’87 (Education).

Bob Linscheid, who graduated from CSU Chico and has served on the board since 2005, will chair the Trustees Committee for the Selection of the President. The other members are: Carol Chandler who earned a master’s degree from Fresno State and has served on the board since 2004; and Glen Toney who earned a bachelor’s from CSU Chico and a bachelor’s and master’s degree from San Jose State and has served on the board since 2006. Farar has served on the board since 1999. The committee also includes CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed and  Herbert L. Carter, chair of the CSU Board of Trustees.

In May, President Jolene Koester announced her plans to step down as president of California State University, Northridge at the end of December. Koester began her appointment as the fourth president of CSUN on July 1, 2000. Under her leadership, the university has increased retention and graduation rates while remaining accessible to qualified students and maintaining its historical commitment to diversity. In addition, the university’s reputation for academic excellence and community service has grown exponentially under her leadership, as has the level of private support.

Last week, the CSU Board of Trustees took its first official actions toward seeking Koester’s replacement. According to the board’s policy for the selection of CSU presidents, the trustees committee determines the attributes desired for a successful candidate, approves the final campus and job descriptions, and reviews and interviews candidates. Although the trustees committee is the ultimate body to make the final decisions, including the advancement of the names of candidates to the full board, the process also includes the appointment of an advisory group to the trustees committee that is comprised of representatives from the campus community. This advisory committee provides advice and consultation regarding the position, may also suggest potential candidates appropriate to the position, reviews and comments on all candidate applications and participates in candidate interviews and deliberations that lead to the selection of the final candidate. For the official CSU policy about presidential searches, please visit http://www.calstate.edu/BOT/Resolutions/Sept2011.pdf.

On Friday, Sept. 23, the Board of Trustees and CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed began the process to make appointments to the advisory committee by sending letters to the appropriate constituent groups and administrative contacts requesting recommendations. The advisory committee will be composed of the chair of Cal State Northridge’s Academic Senate, two faculty representatives selected by the campus faculty, one member of the campus support staff selected by the staff, one student selected by the duly constituted representatives of the campus student body, one member of the campus Advisory Board selected by that board, one alumnus/alumna selected by the campus Alumni Association, one vice president or academic dean from the campus, and the president of another CSU campus selected by the chancellor.

The chair of the board or the chancellor may appoint up to two additional members from constituent groups to the advisory committee. The advisory committee reviews and comments on all candidates for the position, participates in candidate interviews and the deliberations that lead to the selection of the final candidate(s).

After the trustees and advisory committees are in place, the next steps in the selection process will be announced. A campus website with up-to-date information about the selection process is now available at http://www.csun.edu/presidential-transition/.

—Shanté Morgan

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