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Statement from CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White on the Pending Retirement of CSUEB President Leroy Morishita




​​​The following statement can be attributed to California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White:

“For more than four ​decades and at two California State University campuses, Leroy Morishita has worked diligently to improve educational opportunities for many thousands of students throughout the Bay Area.

Under his leadership at California State University, East Bay, student achievement has reached new heights. Graduation and retention rates have steadily increased, while equity gaps have narrowed. This past spring, Cal State East Bay awarded more than 5,000 degrees.

He has consistently provided a valuable perspective on systemwide issues, and his experience and vision proved especially helpful as we have created a more sustainable financial model for the CSU.

I applaud and am thankful for President Morishita's long-standing dedication to the CSU, as well as his service to the people of California."

On September 20, 2019, California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) President Leroy M. Morishita announced that he will retire as campus president effective at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. Morishita has led CSUEB since July 2011, first as interim president and subsequently as president after his appointment in January 2012. He has held a variety of administrative positions within the CSU, since beginning his career at San Francisco State University in 1978.

The CSU will soon launch a national search for Morishita's successor. Under university policy, the chairman of the CSU Trustees, Adam Day, and Chancellor White will select a committee made up of campus and community stakeholders who will be publicly announced at a later date. Campus and community input will be sought in an open forum held on campus. 

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