March 12, 2018 — The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees will be honored with the prestigious John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership. Awarded annually by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), the Nason award is presented to governing boards demonstrating exceptional leadership and initiative. The award is named for higher education leader John W. Nason, recognized for his work as chair of the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council and helping more than 4,000 interned students continue their college studies across the nation during World War II.

“The John Nason Award provides a unique opportunity to recognize college and university governing boards that have each addressed significant challenges, and have demonstrated innovative and collaborative leadership,” said AGB President Richard D. Legon. 

The CSU Board was selected for providing vital backing for Graduation Initiative 2025, launched by Chancellor Timothy P. White in 2015. Through the support of the board, this ambitious plan is increasing graduation rates and eliminating achievement gaps across all 23 CSU campuses - the university has reached all-time highs in graduation rates for first-time freshman and transfer students. The board’s ongoing leadership and advocacy will further bolster the impact of this university-wide effort.

“I am deeply proud of the collaborative work of trustees, students, faculty and staff that benefits California and ‘California’s university’ on a daily basis,” said Rebecca Eisen, chair of the CSU Board of Trustees. “The bold Graduation Initiative 2025 is illustrative of what we can accomplish when we combine our passion and talents. This wonderful recognition of our efforts is appreciated.”

This year five honorees were chosen from some 40 nominations illustrating the critical work of boards from both public and private institutions, statewide systems, and institutionally related foundations. Other honorees in addition to the CSU Board include the Agnes Scott College (GA) Board of Trustees, Augsburg University (MN) Board of Regents, Ohio University Board of Trustees, and Unity College (ME) Board of Trustees. 

All five boards will be honored at AGB’s National Conference being held in San Francisco on April 22-24, as well as at their individual board meetings later this spring. 
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About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 50,800 faculty and staff and 484,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 110,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.4 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

About the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
For nearly 100 years, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) has had one mission: to strengthen and protect this country’s unique form of institutional governance through its research, services, and advocacy. Serving more than 1,300 member boards and 40,000 individual citizen trustees, AGB is the only national organization providing university and college presidents, board chairs, trustees, and board professionals of both public as well as private institutions and institutionally related foundations with resources that enhance their effectiveness. In accordance with its mission, AGB has developed programs and services that strengthen the partnership between the president and governing board; provide guidance to regents and trustees; identify issues that affect tomorrow’s decision making; and foster cooperation among all constituencies in higher education.