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Statement from CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White on Pending Retirement of HSU President Lisa A. Rossbacher



​President Lisa Rossbacher


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

“While working in one of the CSU’s most unique environments, President Rossbacher’s long-standing commitment to improving student success was always apparent. She has led the campus to steady growth in graduation rates, and I am pleased to say that Humboldt State is graduating students at record numbers. Her leadership of a campus-wide collaborative effort also resulted in recent reaccreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission. To eliminate a persistent structural deficit in the campus budget, she made difficult but necessary decisions in order to put HSU on a solid path.
I commend and thank President Rossbacher for her leadership at HSU, her previous service as a member of the faculty and administration at Cal Poly Pomona, and her dedication to the CSU mission.”

On October 1, 2018, Humboldt State University President Lisa A. Rossbacher announced her decision to retire as campus president effective at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.

The CSU will soon launch a national search for Rossbacher’s successor. Under university policy, the chairman of the CSU Trustees, Adam Day, and Chancellor Timothy White will select a committee made up of various campus 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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