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Opportunity and Challenge Profile

Search for the Chancellor
California State University
Long Beach, California

The Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) is conducting a search for its next Chancellor.  Following the successful eight-year tenure of Dr. Timothy P. White, the University is well poised for its next chapter of service and leadership for the state of California, the nation and the world. 

Reporting directly to the Board, the Chancellor is responsible for the overall leadership, strategy, and management of the nation's largest four-year public university. The Chancellor will take the helm of the University at an extraordinary moment of success in the history of public higher education in California. The 23 university campuses of the California State University serve a truly diverse student body of 482,000. With 53,000 extraordinary and dedicated faculty and staff, the university confers more than 100,000 baccalaureate degrees every year, roughly half of the bachelor's degrees awarded in the state. Ten percent of California's workforce graduated from a CSU campus and with a living alumni base of 3.8 million, nearly one-in-twenty Americans with a college degree earned it from a CSU campus. The impact of the CSU on California's economy and civil society is unmatched.

The mandate for the new Chancellor is to expand the University's commitment to educating a highly diverse student body to become career-ready graduates prepared to function in an international, multicultural society while further developing a strategic and financial vision that will sustain the system's vital mission in perpetuity. The Chancellor will work to set a policy, programmatic, and operational agenda that incorporates the needs and priorities of all constituencies – students, faculty, staff, administration, the Board, state and federal legislators, alumni, and business and community stakeholders – and maintain and preserve the University's deep commitment to the fundamental principles of inclusive excellence, shared governance, and collaboration with a workforce represented by labor and trade unions. This is a truly unique opportunity for a visionary leader to lead an institution that will continue to have a significant positive impact in one of the most vibrant and innovative regions in the country and beyond.

Given the University's many ambitions and obligations, the Chancellor will be tasked with a crucial set of opportunities and challenges, which will include:

  • Further strengthen CSU’s mission to provide access to an excellent education to all qualified Californians;
  • Advance meaningful activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels within the CSU;
  • Provide visionary leadership, setting and advancing a policy agenda reflective of and responsive to the University’s mission and needs; champion student achievement through the CSU’s university-wide Graduation Initiative 2025;
  • Continue to cultivate a positive culture within the University while further refining what it means to be an effective system now and in the future;
  • Support and mentor the CSU’s 23 presidents in leading their respective university campuses, and recruit, select and appoint new campus leadership in partnership with the Board;
  • Advocate for resources in a competitive and sometimes unpredictable funding environment; and
  • Serve as an influential leader in the broader higher education landscape, both within California and nationally.

A list of the position responsibilities and qualifications of the Chancellor can be found in Appendix I. General information about CSU’s 23 university campuses can be found by visiting https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/campuses. All confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to the parties listed at the conclusion of this document.

About the California State University
The California State University is the largest and the most economically, ethnically and academically diverse comprehensive university in the United States, offering affordable undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. With 23 university campuses and eight off-campus centers serving 482,000 students and employing 53,000 faculty and staff, the CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education, and prepares the majority of California's business executives, community leaders, and policymakers. The CSU offers more than 4,100 undergraduate and graduate degrees to students through both classroom and online instruction. The CSU annually graduates more than 100,000 alumni who have an immeasurable impact in business, industries and communities throughout the state, the nation and indeed the world.

The California State University traces its roots to the 19th century, when the state's early settlers established independent colleges to serve the growing population of the state. The oldest campus, San José State, was founded in 1857 as a normal (teaching) school, and was the first institution of public higher education in California. The individual California State Colleges were brought together by the Donohoe Higher Education Act of 1960. In 1972, the system became the California State University and Colleges; and in 1982, the network of campuses became the California State University.

The CSU is one of three public higher education systems in the state and operates alongside the University of California and the California Community Colleges. The CSU awards more than half of the bachelor's degrees and nearly 30 percent of the master's degrees granted in California.

Over the decades, the CSU has continually added and adapted its campuses to promote the growth and diversity of communities across California. Today, the CSU comprises 23 university campuses, as well as affiliated branch campuses, research laboratories, and natural lands that span from Humboldt in the north to San Diego in the south. Each CSU campus has its own identity, with distinct student populations and programs, yet all share the same mission: to provide high-quality, affordable higher education to meet the evolving workforce needs of the people of California.

The CSU plays a major role in California's collective and regional economies; for every $1 the state invests in the CSU, the CSU returns well over $5. The CSU's 3.8 million alumni are leaders in the high-impact fields that drive California's economy such as information technology, life sciences, agriculture, business, education, public administration, entertainment, multimedia, and other crucial areas. The University annually prepares nearly half of the state's teachers, and is also a major source for the majority of California's state officials and policymakers. The CSU itself sustains more than 150,000 jobs, including staff and faculty members, and expenditures related to the University generate more than $17 billion in economic impact.

The CSU delivers affordable, high-quality instruction; generates practical research focused on the needs of Californians; and prepares graduates to make an immediate impact in virtually every business and industry. With tuition lower than that of every comparable institution in the country, the CSU is an incredible value, offering students affordable opportunities to pursue a college degree. The CSU draws its students from the top third of the state's high school graduates and is an unparalleled resource for California's underserved communities. The CSU provides more than half of all undergraduate degrees granted to California's Latino, African American, and Native American students. Approximately two-thirds of CSU students are non-white, and the ranks of leadership, faculty and staff continue to evolve to better reflect the rich diversity of California. Residential housing is available on all 23 campuses, and about 20 percent of students live on campus.

Beyond the student learning environment, CSU campuses regularly host conferences, lectures, symposia, workshops, visual and performing arts programs, and athletic events, playing an even greater role in their respective communities. The CSU campuses frequently sustain partnerships with local businesses, industries, and cultural and educational institutions, many of which provide internships and other learning opportunities for students and faculty. The CSU has a strong record of community service: through the Center for Community Engagement, more than 67,000 students contribute 1.5 million hours of community service annually through nearly 3,500 service learning courses.

To learn more about the California State University, visit  https://www2.calstate.edu/.

CSU Board of Trustees
In addition to appointing the Chancellor, the 25-member Board of Trustees is responsible for adopting broad regulation and policies governing the University. The Board meets six times a year, in a meeting format that allows for communication among Trustees, the Chancellor, campus presidents, the Academic Senate, the California State Student Association, the Alumni Council and the public. Board committees have authority over University issues such as educational policy, finance, campus planning, and facilities, among other areas. During each meeting, the Board discusses and passes resolutions on many of those topics. For more information on the Board of Trustees, visit https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/board-of-trustees.

Students
The CSU serves approximately 482,000 students, more than 90 percent of whom are undergraduate students and 95 percent of whom come from California. Of first-time students, 88 percent come from California public high schools. Of undergraduate transfer students, 91 percent matriculate from the California Community Colleges. Reflective of the state in which it resides, the CSU's student body is extraordinarily diverse: about two-thirds of CSU students are students of color, one-third of undergraduate students are first generation college students, and 43 percent receive the Pell Grant. The California State Student Association (CSSA) is the representative body of CSU students and is comprised of students from each of the CSU's 23 campuses. Founded by student body presidents in 1959, the CSSA is recognized by the Board of Trustees as the official voice of CSU students in systemwide issues and plays a critical role in campus and systemwide shared governance. For more information on the CSSA, visit https://calstatestudents.org/.

Faculty
The CSU employs 53,000 employees, over half of whom – 27,000 – are faculty members. Crucial to the success of students, CSU faculty are award-winning educators, scholars, and public servants who enrich the CSU community through dedication to the University's mission and to teaching excellence. The Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) is the official voice for faculty in matters of curriculum and university-wide concern as part of a system of shared governance. The California Faculty Association represents tenure-track faculty, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches from across the University in collective bargaining. The CSU is committed to hiring a diverse, representative faculty as part of ongoing efforts to improve student achievement. In 2018, 34 percent of full-time faculty were from underrepresented minority groups and 49 percent were female. For more information on CSU faculty, visit: https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/faculty-staff.

Staff
Staff members serve as the operational heartbeat of the CSU campuses and system office. The University employs over 25,000 staff, the vast majority of whom are full-time employees. The California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) - one of seven unions that represent staff - represents 16,000 staff members, and has six bargaining units. The Chancellor is the lead negotiator for the University in negotiations with all faculty and staff unions. For more information about CSU staff, visit: https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/faculty-staff/employee-profile/csu-staff.

Academic Programs
All CSU campuses offer undergraduate and graduate instruction for professional and occupational goals, as well as a broad liberal arts education. All campuses require undergraduate students to complete a basic program of “General Education Breadth Requirements" designed to provide the knowledge and perspectives that will enable CSU students to confront personal, cultural, moral and social issues that are an inevitable part of human life, and cultivate enthusiasm for lifelong learning. The CSU also offers select doctoral programs, including Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs offered at a number of campuses. The CSU also offers independent Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs at several campuses, in addition to select doctoral degrees delivered jointly with the University of California or private universities. 

Alumni
The CSU's alumni network includes more than 3.8 million individuals—one of the largest such networks in the world. CSU alumni are leaders in every major industry in the state of California, and are representative of CSU's mission to educate California's future workforce. The CSU Alumni Council serves as the representative voice of the University's alumni and is comprised of alumni representatives from each of the 23 campuses. The Council supports each of the 23 campus alumni associations through promoting and engaging the CSU and its alumni, advocating for the CSU, and facilitating the professional development of member associations. In addition, the Alumni Council designates a representative to the CSU Board of Trustees, the System Budget Advisory Committee, the California State Student Association, and the California State University Systemwide Academic Senate. To learn more about the CSU's Alumni, visit https://www2.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/alumni.

Ongoing Initiatives
In 2015, the California State University announced an ambitious initiative to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while improving equity by eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps. Through Graduation Initiative 2025 (GI 2025), the CSU will ensure that all students have the opportunity to graduate in a timely manner, positively impacting their future and producing the graduates needed to power California and the nation. To achieve this, the CSU is addressing and assessing numerous topics including: Academic Preparation, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Well-Being, Financial Aid, Data-Informed Decision Making, and Administrative Barriers. To learn more about GI 2025, visit https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/why-the-csu-matters/graduation-initiative-2025.

Office of the Chancellor
The Chancellor's Office, which encompasses administrative divisions that enact policies, guidelines, and procedures relating to every aspect of the CSU, is located in Long Beach. The divisions are: Academic and Student Affairs; Audit and Advisory Services; Business and Finance; Executive; Human Resources; Office of General Counsel; and University Relations and Advancement. For more information, visit https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/administration.

Long Beach, California (pop. 467,354) is California's seventh-largest city, a major port city that is part of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Residents enjoy easy access to 5.5 miles of sandy beaches and year-round moderate climate, and downtown Long Beach has an array of stores and restaurants within an eight-block area. The city is also home to several eclectic museums including the Long Beach Museum of Art and the Museum of Latin American Art. The city's East Village Arts District includes one-of-a-kind art galleries and shops. In addition, just three miles from downtown is Belmont Shore and 2nd Street, the quintessential beachfront community. Long Beach is located near famed attractions such as the Queen Mary, Disneyland, Aquarium of the Pacific, Catalina Island, and more. 

Role of the Chancellor
The Chancellor, working with and through the 23 campus presidents, is responsible for the overall management of the CSU, as well as for the operations of the Office of the Chancellor. Through a shared governance model, the Chancellor works in a collaborative manner with campus administrations and faculty to ensure the excellence of the instructional program, and to ensure that the educational opportunities provided meet the changing needs of the people of California. The Chancellor, as the chief spokesperson for the CSU, is the principal representative to all constituencies of the University and, in this role, has the responsibility for effectively communicating the University's mission and effectiveness in meeting that mission.

The Chancellor is appointed by the Board of Trustees of the CSU and serves at the pleasure of the Board.  The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University and is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the recommendation, implementation and administration of the policies of the Board. The Chancellor also serves as an ex officio member of the Board.

To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the Chancellor, please refer to Appendix I.

Key Opportunities and Challenges facing the new Chancellor
In carrying out the broad duties of the role, the new Chancellor will address several key opportunities and challenges, as detailed below:

Further strengthen CSU’s mission to provide access to excellent educational opportunities for all qualified Californians
A main tenet of the CSU mission is “to encourage and provide access to an excellent education to all who are prepared for and wish to participate in collegiate study." The Chancellor will be deeply committed to this aspect of the mission, as well as continued improvements in student success by fulfilling the University's goal of educating the state's workforce while meeting Californians where they are – financially, socially, and geographically. The Chancellor will champion the critical role the CSU plays in the broader California higher education landscape and the critical role the CSU plays as a 21st century university in a global environment. In doing so, the Chancellor will also promote an environment of inclusive excellence that meets the ever-changing needs of a highly diverse student body.

Advance meaningful activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels within the CSU
The CSU has one of the most diverse student bodies of any education system in the country, in one of the most diverse states in the country. Additionally, all employee levels from executive to faculty and staff are representative of the broad diversity of the state of California. The Chancellor will promote and serve as a fierce advocate for the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels within the CSU. Working with executive, campus, faculty, staff, and student leadership and stakeholders, as well as the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor will create policies and practices that improve the campus experience for all students, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds, including but not limited to undocumented students, first generation students, students with disabilities, and formerly incarcerated students. The Chancellor will also work to ensure hiring practices that promote these values, placing an emphasis on leadership that is demographically representative of the state's diverse population.

Provide visionary leadership, setting and advancing a policy agenda reflective of and responsive to the University’s mission and needs; champion the CSU’s ongoing Graduation Initiative 2025
The Chancellor will shape the vision for the CSU, working with the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor's executive leadership team, and campus leadership to develop a policy agenda responsive to the University's evolving needs. This will require a comprehensive understanding of ongoing issues and programmatic initiatives at the campus level, balanced with a strategic evaluation of priorities at the system level. In addition to GI 2025, discussed in greater detail below, the Chancellor will be a leader in various systemwide policy conversations, including around issues of collective bargaining and evolving academic requirements, among many others. The Chancellor will further these initiatives with a deep respect for and commitment to shared governance practices, ensuring that all members of the University community have input into setting a policy agenda for the CSU.

The new Chancellor will be a champion of student success, continuing a trend of increasing achievement for all student groups. In 2015, the CSU launched Graduation Initiative 2025, an ambitious plan to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps. Working within the six operational priorities outlined by the plan, the Chancellor will provide support for programs focused on improving graduation rates and minimizing barriers to access and degree completion for CSU students. In addition, the Chancellor will continue to support students' well-being, including addressing housing and food insecurity and student mental health needs. In placing an emphasis on student success, they will take into particular consideration the experiences and needs of underrepresented students, including but not limited to undocumented students, students with disabilities, and first-generation students.

Led by the Trustees, the Chancellor will maintain the CSU's university-wide commitment to sustainability through providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to work together to find cost-effective solutions that address some of our planet's most pressing needs. 

Continue to cultivate a positive culture within the University while further refining what it means to be an effective system now and in the future
The Chancellor will be expected to continue to cultivate, develop, and implement a well-defined, strong, and appropriate administrative structure in the Chancellor's Office. Through the appropriate use of a shared governance model, as well as a comprehensive understanding of leading in a collective bargaining environment, the Chancellor will ensure the effective management of the CSU by promoting a culture of accountability, respect, collaboration, transparency and thoughtful decision-making among leaders throughout the University.  The Chancellor, along with the Board, will consider the future of the University, its operations, and the continuing evolution of California and public higher education across the country in an effort to position the CSU for success in the decades to come.

Support and mentor the CSU’s 23 presidents in leading their respective campuses, and recruit, select and appoint new campus leadership in partnership with the Board
The Chancellor will work collaboratively and strategically with the 23 campus presidents to ensure the effective implementation of systemwide policies and initiatives, while understanding and acknowledging the unique and individual needs, communities, and geographies of each CSU campus. While each of the 23 campuses shares a common mission and values, there are regional partnerships, demands, and opportunities, and the Chancellor will support the campus presidents in both their shared and autonomous work. The Chancellor will lead, mentor and support each campus president, helping them to lead effectively at the local level, and providing necessary help and assistance in times of inevitable crisis.  Finally, in partnership with the Board, the recruitment, selection and appointment of new campus presidents – with a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity – is one of the most significant duties of the Chancellor.

Advocate for resources in a competitive and sometimes unpredictable funding environment
The CSU's operating budget has two main funding sources: allocation from the state general fund and revenue from student tuition fees, with state funding accounting for approximately half. In an increasingly competitive - and potentially unpredictable - funding environment, the Chancellor will advocate tirelessly on behalf of the CSU to secure state, philanthropic, and auxiliary funding. In doing so, the Chancellor will illuminate the cost effectiveness of investing in the CSU system and the salience of its graduates in the infrastructure of the state of California. As a part of this effort, the Chancellor will strategically pursue resources that serve students holistically in their academic careers and enhance the ability of the CSU to address the needs of the students, campuses, and community stakeholders. Working with the Board of Trustees and other University leadership, the Chancellor will navigate California's political landscape to raise awareness and generate resources. The Chancellor will bring strong experience in fiscal management and budget issues and will remain vigilant about the financial health of the university both now and in the future. In doing so, the Chancellor will work with leadership and key stakeholders toward a sustainable, proactive funding model that anticipates future economic downturns.

Serve as an influential leader in the broader higher education landscape, both within California and nationally
As the leader of the largest university system in the country, the Chancellor will serve as the CSU's chief spokesperson, finding new and innovative ways of telling the CSU story, and acting as its public face in broader conversations on higher education. The Chancellor is appointed by the Governor of California to his Council on Post-secondary Education populated with selected top le​aders in education, business, labor and finance. The Chancellor will speak knowledgeably on the subject of public higher education, student access and success – in Sacramento, in Washington, D.C., and beyond. In so doing, the Chancellor will partner with the President of the University of California and the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to represent the needs of the University's students, faculty, and staff. In addition, the Chancellor will work collaboratively with K-16 educational institutions, legislators, and government agencies to envision and implement new partnerships for productive program and fiscal change that will best serve California's diverse student population. The Chancellor will interact with members of the press, business community, state and federal legislators, other national higher education leaders and the general public to promote the value of affordable, accessible education to Californians and the nation.

Inquiry, Nomination, and Application Process
The California State University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; for best consideration, please apply by February 1, 2020. For more details and to submit inquiries, nominations, and applications, visit http://www.imsearch.com/7348



David Bellshaw, Cati Mitchell-Crossley, and Carley Davenport
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA  94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

 

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Appendix I: Official CSU Chancellor Position Description
The California State University (CSU) is the largest and the most economically, ethnically and academically diverse comprehensive university in the country, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. The CSU is comprised of 23 university campuses throughout the state, more than 482,000 students, 3.8 million alumni and approximately 53,000 faculty and staff. Created in 1960 with the mission of providing high-quality, affordable education to meet the state of California's ever-changing workforce needs, the CSU is a powerful driver of social and economic mobility, and is committed to student success and equity. The CSU is renowned for delivering affordable, high-quality instruction; generating practical research focused on the needs of Californians; and preparing graduates to make an immediate impact in virtually every industry. 

The Chancellor Position

The Chancellor is appointed by the Board of Trustees of the CSU and serves at the pleasure of the Board. The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University and is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the recommendation, implementation and administration of the policies of the Board. The Chancellor also serves as an ex officio member of the Board.

The Chancellor, working with and through the campus presidents, is responsible for the overall management of the CSU. The Chancellor is also responsible for the operations of the Office of the Chancellor.

Through a shared governance model, the Chancellor works in a collaborative manner with campus administrations and faculty to ensure the excellence of the instructional program and also to ensure that the educational opportunities provided meet the changing needs of the people of the state of California.

The Chancellor, as the chief spokesperson for the CSU, is the principal representative to all constituencies of the University and, in this role, has the responsibility for effectively communicating the University's mission and effectiveness in meeting that mission.

Reporting Relationships
Reporting to and serving at the pleasure the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor’s direct reports include the following:

  • Campus Presidents
  • Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
  • Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
  • Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel*
  • Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement
  • Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
  • Vice Chancellor and Chief Audit Officer*

*Also have reporting lines to the Board of Trustees

Fast Facts

Position Location:
Long Beach, California
Operating Budget:$7.2 billion
Office of the Chancellor Staff: 799
Universities: 23
Degree Offerings: Undergraduate, master’s and approved doctoral (Au.D., Ed.D., DNP and DPT) degrees; limited joint doctoral degrees with the University of California and private institutions
Total number of employees: 53,000 faculty and staff
Total number of students: 482,000

Position Responsibilities

  • Develops policy recommendations and implements and administers the policy decisions of the Board of Trustees. Jointly with the presidents, ensures the achievement of the University’s mission.
  • Leads the University in the fulfillment of its mission “to encourage and provide access to an excellent education to all who are prepared for and wish to participate in collegiate study.”
  • Establishes and maintains effective relations with the executive and legislative divisions of the state and federal government, the academic community and all other relevant constituencies.
  • Manages the fiscal resources of the CSU and provides leadership in obtaining the financial and human resources necessary to accomplish the mission of the University, including capital needs, deferred maintenance, and efforts to secure multi-year funding.
  • Serves as the key spokesperson for the CSU to ensure that the mission and performance of the University is effectively communicated.
Qualifications

Well-qualified candidates will possess many of the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • A deep understanding of and commitment to the CSU mission and culture.
  • Experience as a president or chancellor of a university campus or multi-campus system or equivalent experience as a chief executive officer in a complex organization is desirable.
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the teaching/learning process, research and creative activity, and community engagement as these activities relate to the needs of a diverse student population.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and use collective bargaining to advance the well-being and interests of the University community.
  • Leadership experience in public higher education, preferably in California.
  • Demonstrated ability to delegate, conceptualize, and implement; the demonstrated ability to make studied, data-driven decisions and to draw the best in leadership characteristics from the presidents, the vice chancellors, and the vice chancellors’ staffs; and the ability to utilize the strength of an informed and dedicated Board.
  • The intelligence and judgment to determine key factors of a complex situation and the ability to make sound, ethical and timely decisions.
  • The ability to establish rapport with individuals from numerous segments of society, and the talent to communicate effectively with educators, constituency groups, government officials, the business community and the general public.
  • The integrity, temperament, stamina and energy to carry out the creative action needed to succeed in the Chancellor’s position.
  • The knowledge of and the ability to relate to multi-ethnic, culturally and economically diverse university and state populations, and a demonstrated strong commitment to diversity.
  • The ability to work effectively in, and maintain a strong commitment to, an authentic shared governance environment where students, faculty and staff have an effective voice in developing policy recommendations.
  • The ability to engage in progressive thought and to encourage new and innovative ideas including the use of emerging technologies (including online education), global education and other partnerships, and to pursue inclusion of these ideas into the curriculum and campus life. Systems thinker who can foster an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit across the campuses and at the Chancellor’s Office.
  • Recognition of the significant role of the presidents of the 23 universities in the CSU, the flexibility to encourage them to pursue interests relevant to their individual campus needs, and the ability to nurture the leadership skills of the presidents.
  • Ability to provide visionary leadership in planning, securing adequate funding, and implementing actions required to accomplish goals and objectives of a multi-campus comprehensive university system, including private philanthropy.
  • Knowledge of and experience with a state legislature and congress. A portion of the Chancellor’s position is political – working with elected officials. The new Chancellor will have a track record of building and maintaining successful relationships with government officials and their staffs at the state and national levels.
  • Knowledge of lay Board and chief executive relations and communications, and the ability to facilitate Board development and engagement.

Expected Start Date
The Search Committee and Trustees are committed to a confidential and aggressive search process that would culminate in final interviews with the Board of Trustees in March 2020. The expected start date for the new Chancellor is likely July 1, 2020.