California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White has appointed Framroze (Fram) Virjee to serve as president of California State University, Fullerton. Virjee will assume leadership duties on the campus on January 1, 2018 and will serve in the role of president through June 2019. He succeeds outgoing president Mildred García, who was recently appointed to serve as the next president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

"Cal State Fullerton is regionally powerful and nationally renowned for the diversity that is woven throughout its fabric - from its student body, faculty and staff to the wide range of its academic offerings. This is a wonderful opportunity and I am very excited to be part of such a well-respected and recognized university," said Virjee. "President García and her team have worked tirelessly to lay out a clear pathway for implementing the university's strategic plan. I look forward to working with all members of the Cal State Fullerton community to further the campus-wide culture of innovation that leads to more than 40,000 students having an opportunity to earn a 'Titan education.'"

In making this appointment, Chancellor White commented, "I am confident Fram will maintain the momentum gained under president García as well as provide stability to the campus. During my recent campus visit, various stakeholder groups shared some of the critical skills and abilities they desired in the next campus leader. They sought a leader who places the utmost importance on student success and who has experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders, is a strong communicator and collaborator, values and promotes academic and student affairs and works well within a shared governance environment. Fram excels in all of those areas. He has a long and distinguished history of championing education in California and through his current role, he is intimately aware of the challenges and opportunities facing the CSU."

Since January 2014, Virjee has served as executive vice chancellor, general counsel and secretary to the CSU Board of Trustees (BOT). In that capacity, Virjee leads a staff of attorneys, paralegals and support personnel, and oversees all legal services for the 23-campus CSU. Virjee's legal team includes litigators and university counsel who provide legal services to the campuses in areas as varied as human resources, First Amendment, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, health and safety, discrimination, Title IX and gender equity, and academic and student affairs. Virjee has also served as the secretary and chief legal officer to the BOT, advising them on all legal issues including open meeting laws, board rules and procedures, and education code compliance. Over the past four years, Virjee has worked to transform the CSU Office of General Counsel from a regulatory function to a division focused upon collaboration, service and the provision of solution-driven legal advice. Virjee has also promoted and focused the Office of General Counsel's specific emphasis and commitment in the areas of Title IX, First Amendment, the Clery Act and intellectual property, to name a few. 

Prior to joining CSU, Virjee was a partner in private practice for almost 30 years at O'Melveny & Myers, the oldest law firm in Los Angeles and one of the largest in the nation. At O'Melveny, Virjee specialized in labor and employment law, with an emphasis in representing educational institutions in the areas of collective bargaining, education code compliance, and discrimination and employment litigation. Virjee's practice included representing employers in employment litigation, providing preventative advice through client counseling, policy and procedure review and drafting, and extensive in-house training and education on important labor and employment issues. Virjee also served in several leadership positions at O'Melveny, including Secretary to the Management Committee, Chair of the Employment Committee, and the Partner-in-Charge of both Lateral Hiring and Diversity.

Virjee has served as an adjunct professor for both the Claremont Graduate University's Drucker School of Management as well as the Chapman University School of Law.

Virjee graduated summa cum laude, earning a bachelor's degree in political science and sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

The CSU will conduct a national search for the next permanent president of Cal State Fullerton beginning in fall 2018. An announcement about that appointment is expected sometime in the spring of 2019.

 

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