Search for New CSU Chancellor is Underway

The search for a new Chancellor for the California State University System has begun in earnest. Details about the search are available on the Chancellor Search Web Page. Two special committees related to the search have been formed. According to the Chancellor Search Web Page:

A committee of trustees has been convened to lead the national search for the next chancellor of the California State University.


Adam Day, chairman of the Board of Trustees, has appointed trustees to a Special Committee to Consider the Selection of the Chancellor to conduct the confidential national search. Members of the Special Committee include:

Chairman Day, Board Vice Chair Lillian Kimbell and Chancellor Timothy White will serve as ex officio members of the committee. Additionally, Trustee Emerita Roberta Achtenberg will serve as senior advisor to the committee.​

A Stakeholder Advisory Committee will serve in concert with the trustees' Special Committee. Members of the Advisory Committee include:

  • Catherine Nelson, Ph.D., chair, Academic Senate CSU and professor, Sonoma State University (faculty representative)
  • Robert Keith Collins, Ph.D., vice chair, Academic Senate CSU and professor, San Francisco State University (faculty representative)
  • Michael D. Hendren, facilities management, California State University, Sacramento (staff representative)
  • Michael Wiafe, president, Cal State Student Association and student, San Diego State University (student representative)
  • Jeremy Addis-Mills, president-elect, CSU Alumni Council and alumnus, California State University San Marcos (alumni representative)
  • Jeffrey D. Armstrong, Ph.D., president, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (campus president representative)
  • Soraya M. Coley, Ph.D., president, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (campus president representative)​

The Special Committee and the Advisory Committee will initially work together to begin the search process by conducting a “listening tour” in November and December 2019, including campus forums across the state. The tour will inform the qualities and experiences that CSU's stakeholders seek in the next chancellor, along with their hopes and aspirations for CSU in the years ahead. This information will be used to help guide the recruitment activities over the next several months, with a goal to appoint a new chancellor in summer 2020.

In conjunction with the search, six open forums have been scheduled:

Tuesday, November 12 12:00 - 2:00pm Sacramento State University Union Ballroom
Wednesday, November 13 12:00 - 2:00pm CSU East Bay Student Union Multi-Purpose Room
Wednesday, November 20​ 1:00 - 3:00pm Chancellor’s Office Dumke Auditorium
Friday, November 22 12:00 - 2:00pm Cal Poly Pomona Student Services Building - Multi-purpose Room​
Tuesday, December 3 12:00 - 2:00pm CSU San Marcos Student Union Ballroom
Thursday, December 5 12:00 - 2:00pm Fresno State​

Satellite Student

These open forums will be live-streamed. Details on how to watch the live streams can be found on the Chancellor Search Web Page.