Press Release

San Francisco State Presidential Search Committee to Hold First Meeting




(Feb. 6, 2012) – The California State University Board of Trustees will begin the search this month for a new president of San Francisco State University to succeed President Robert Corrigan, who is retiring after serving as president of the university since 1988.     

The first meeting of the search committee will be held in an open forum from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, February 20 at the Seven Hills Conference Center on the SFSU campus, and will be followed by a closed meeting of the committee at 1 p.m.  This is the  only meeting of the committee that is an open meeting. 

CSU Trustee Roberta Achtenberg will chair the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President.  The other trustee members of the selection committee include Kenneth Fong, Melinda Guzman and Peter Mehas, as well as Trustee Chair Herbert L. Carter and CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. 

Board policy requires the chair to appoint an advisory group to the trustees’ committee.  The Advisory Committee to the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President is composed of representatives of the faculty, students and alumni, as well as a member of the campus advisory board, all of whom are selected by the campus constituent groups.  Also on the advisory committee is a vice president or academic dean from the campus, and a president of another CSU campus, both selected by the chancellor.  Both committees function as one group.

Members of the Advisory Committee for the Selection of the President include: Alexander Gonzalez, president, Sacramento State; Gwyneth Borden, manager, corporate citizenship and corporate affairs, IBM; Leona Bridges, SFSU Alumni Association; Maxine Chernoff, chair/professor, SFSU Creative Writing Department; Trevor Getz, professor, SFSU History Department; John Gumas, chair, SFSU Foundation; Andrew Gutierrez, III, president, SFSU Associated Students; Lorna Chang Hill, supervisor, SFSU Undergraduate Admissions; Robert J. Nava, SFSU vice president, University Advancement; Pamela Vaughn, chair, SFSU Academic Senate. 

The purpose of the meeting in an open forum is to review the role of the committee, receive comments and input from the public and campus community, explain the search process and confidentiality, confirm the schedule of meetings, discuss preferred attributes of the next president, review the descriptions and needs of the campus and presidential position, and discuss any other business related to the search process.

The committee will work over the next several months reviewing applications and will conduct interviews.  It is expected that the new president will be selected by the CSU Board of Trustees in May.    

For more information about the CSU presidential search process, see the Executive Search page.


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