Responsibility for the CSU is vested in a 25-member Board of Trustees, the majority of whom are appointed by the governor to eight-year terms. Faculty, alumni and two student trustees serve two-year terms. The trustees appoint the chancellor, who is the system’s chief executive officer, and the presidents, who are the chief executive officers of their respective campuses and report to the chancellor. The trustees, chancellor and presidents develop systemwide policies.

The most diverse university in the nation, the CSU also celebrated a milestone related to the diversity of campus leadership in July 2018. With appointment of new presidents on the Bakersfield and San Diego campuses, for the first time in university history, the majority of campuses were led by a woman.

Board of Trustees

Ex Officio Members

Governor Gavin Newsom

Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis 

Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White 

Appointed Members
(term ends during the year given) 

Silas Abrego (2021)

Jane W. Carney (2022)

Adam Day, Chairman (2023)

Rebecca D. Eisen (2020)

Douglas Faigin (2025)

Debra S. Farar (2022)

Jean Picker Firstenberg (2026)

Wenda Fong (2024)

Juan F. Garcia (student trustee, non-voting) (2020)

Emily F. Hinton (student trustee, voting) (2019)

Lillian Kimbell, Vice Chair (2024)

John "Jack" McGrory (2023)

Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana (2025)

Hugo N. Morales (2020)

​Romey Sabalius (faculty trustee) (2019)

Lateefah Simon (2019)

Christopher J. Steinhauser (2026)

Peter J. Taylor (2021)

Administrative Leaders

Timothy P. White, Chancellor

Loren Blanchard, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs

Andrew Jones, Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel

Steve Relyea, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer

Garrett P. Ashley, Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement

Larry Mandel, Vice Chancellor and Chief Audit Officer

Evelyn Nazario, Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Campus Presidents

PresidentAppointment Year
BakersfieldLynnette Zelezny2018
Channel IslandsErika D. Beck2016
ChicoGayle E. Hutchinson2016
Dominguez HillsThomas A. Parham2018
East BayLeroy M. Morishita2012
FresnoJoseph I. Castro2013
FullertonFramroze Virjee2017
HumboldtLisa A. Rossbacher2014
Long BeachJane Close Conoley2014
Los AngelesWilliam A. Covino2013
Maritime AcademyThomas A. Cropper2012
Monterey BayEduardo M. Ochoa2013
NorthridgeDianne F. Harrison2012
PomonaSoraya M. Coley2015
SacramentoRobert S. Nelsen2015
San BernardinoTomás D. Morales2012
San DiegoAdela de la Torre2018
San FranciscoLeslie E. Wong2012
San JoséMary A. Papazian2016
San Luis ObispoJeffrey D. Armstrong2011
San Marcos
Karen S. Haynes2004
​San Marcos
​Ellen J. Neufeldt
​July 2019
SonomaJudy K. Sakaki2016
StanislausEllen N. Junn2016

Leadership is current as of March 2019. For a current list and links to the biographies of trustees, administrative officers and campus presidents, visit calstate.edu/leadership​.