The California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC), two of the nation’s leading systems of public higher education, are seeking new leaders. These new leaders will inherit systems that are the backbone of California’s workforce and economy, worldwide drivers of research in innovation, more racially diverse than ever before, and facing serious capacity constraints and persistent racial/equity gaps in college access and graduation rates.
The CSU Board of Trustees and UC Board of Regents are embarking on their most important task as they conduct a search and identify their new leaders. We trust that they will conduct a diligent, transparent and inclusive search that identifies leaders committed to putting student success first and growing the college graduates that California needs.
Our new University system leaders must:
- Be passionate about the power that higher education has to transform students’ lives and build a strong economy;
- Have experience and a plan of action for closing systemic racial equity gaps in higher education access and graduation;
- Have a commitment and clear vision for ensuring the student body, faculty, and administrators reflect the racial/ethnic and income diversity of Californians;
- Demonstrate a record of courage and innovation in leading institutional change and in removing unnecessary obstacles that prevent students from succeeding;
- Demonstrate a commitment to providing academic supports and solutions that are student-centered and evidence-based;
- Be an advocate for data transparency and committed to using disaggregated data by race/ethnicity and income to advance and assess all policies and practices;
- Be an experienced collaborative leader committed to working with K-12, community colleges, public and independent universities, as well as external stakeholders including civil rights, community, and business organizations; and,
- Have a record and commitment to operating in an open and transparent fashion with students, the legislature, and the public.
We encourage you to attend one of the remaining public forums to urge the search committees to select the type of transformational leaders California’s students need.
- November 22 – 12 – 2 pm at Cal Poly Pomona
- December 3 – 12 – 2 pm at CSU San Marcos
- December 5 – 12 – 2 pm at Fresno State
- December 13 – 1 – 3 pm at Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at The Mondavi Center
- January 14 – 1 – 3 pm at Carnesale Commons - Palisades Room
You can also submit names for consideration in the CSU Chancellor search