California State University

The individual California State Colleges were brought together as a system by the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960. In 1972 the system became the California State University and Colleges, and in 1982 the system became the California State University. Today the campuses of the CSU include comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California Maritime Academy, a specialized campus.

The oldest campus—San José State University—was founded in 1857 and became the first institution of public higher education in California. The most recently opened campus, California State University, Monterey Bay, began admitting students in the fall of 1995. A new site has been conveyed and a 23rd campus, CSU Channel Islands, is being formally established in Ventura County with plans to open in 2002.

Responsibility for the California State University is vested in the Board of Trustees, whose members are appointed by the Governor. The Trustees appoint the Chancellor, who is the chief executive officer of the system, and the Presidents, who are the chief executive officers of the respective campuses.

The Trustees, the Chancellor, and the Presidents develop systemwide policy, with actual implementation at the campus level taking place through broadly based consultative procedures. The Academic Senate of the California State University, made up of elected representatives of the faculty from each campus, recommends academic policy to the Board of Trustees through the Chancellor.

Academic excellence has been achieved by the California State University through a distinguished faculty, whose primary responsibility is superior teaching. While each campus in the system has its own unique geographic and curricular character, all campuses, as multipurpose institutions, offer undergraduate and graduate instruction for professional and occupational goals as well as broad liberal education. All of the campuses require for graduation a basic program of "General Education Requirements" regardless of the type of bachelor's degree or major field selected by the student.

The CSU offers more than 1,600 bachelor's and master's degree programs in some 240 subject areas. Many of these programs are offered so that students can complete all upper-division and graduate requirements by part-time, late afternoon, and evening study. In addition, a variety of teaching and school service credential programs are available. A limited number of doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and with private institutions in California.

Enrollments in fall 1999 totaled 359,719 students, who were taught by over 20,600 faculty. The system awards more than half of the bachelor's degrees and 30 percent of the master's degrees granted in California. Some 1.94 million persons have been graduated from CSU campuses since 1960.



The Honorable Gray Davis State Capitol
Governor of California Sacramento 95814
The Honorable Cruz Bustamante State Capitol
Lieutenant Governor of California Sacramento 95814
The Honorable Robert Hertzberg State Capitol
Speaker of the Assembly Sacramento 95814
The Honorable Delaine Eastin 721 Capitol Mall
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sacramento 95814
Dr. Charles B. Reed 401 Golden Shore
Chancellor of the California State University Long Beach 90802-4210


The Honorable Gray Davis Dee Dee Myers
President Vice Chairman
Lawrence K. Gould, Jr. Christine Helwick
Chairman Secretary
Richard P. West


Appointments are for a term of eight years, except student, alumni, and faculty trustees whose terms are for two years. Terms expire in the year in parentheses. Names are listed in order of appointment to the Board.

Robert Achtenberg (2007) William Hauck (2001)
William D. Campbell (2003) Shailesh J. Mehta (2005)
Daniel Cartwright (2002) Neel I. Murarka (2001)
Martha C. Fallgatter (2003) Dee Dee Myers (2004)
Debra S. Farar (2006) Ralph R. Pesqueira (2004)
Robert Foster (2006) Frederick W. Pierce IV (2000)
Murray L. Galinson (2007) Ali C. Razi (2001)
Harold Goldwhite (2001) Anthony M. Vitti (2005)
Laurence K. Gould, Jr. (2002) Stanley T. Wang (2002)

Correspondence with Trustees should be sent:

c/o Trustees Secretariat
The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210


The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210
(562) 951-4000

Dr. Charles B. Reed Chancellor, CSU System
Dr. David S. Spence Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Charles W. Lindahl Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
Ms. Jackie McClain Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Mr. Richard P. West Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Business Officer
Dr. Douglas X. Patiņo Vice Chancellor, University Advancement
Ms. Christine Helwick General Counsel


California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
Dr. Tomás A. Arciniega, President
(661) 664-2011
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207
Dr. Jolene Koester, President
(818) 677-1200
California State University, Channel Islands
One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012
Mr. J. Handel Evans, President
(805) 437-8424
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Dr. Bob Suzuki, President
(909) 869-7659
California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929-0150
Dr. Manuel A. Esteban, President
(530) 898-6116
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
Dr. Donald R. Gerth, President
(916) 278-6011
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747-0005
Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., President
(310) 243-3300
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397
Dr. Albert K. Karnig, President
(909) 880-5000
California State University, Fresno
5241 North Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA 93740
Dr. John D. Welty, President
(559) 278-4240
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Dr. Stephen L. Weber, President
(619) 594-5200
California State University, Fullerton
800 North State College Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92634-9480
Dr. Milton A. Gordon, President
(714) 278-2011
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Dr. Robert A. Corrigan, President
(415) 338-1111
California State University, Hayward
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542
Dr. Norma S. Rees, President
(510) 885-3000
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0001
Dr. Robert L. Caret, President
(408) 924-1000
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Dr. Alistair W. McCrone, President
(707) 826-3011
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Dr. Warren J. Baker, President
(805) 756-1111
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
Dr. Robert C. Maxson, President
(562) 985-4111
California State University, San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Dr. Alexander Gonzalez, President
(760) 752-4000
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Dr. James M. Rosser, President
(323) 343-3000
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
Dr. Ruben Armiņana, President
(707) 664-2880
California Maritime Academy
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, California 94590
Mr. Jerry A. Aspland, President
(707) 654-1000
California State University, Stanislaus
801 West Monte Vista Avenue
Turlock, CA 95382-0299
Dr. Marvalene Hughes, President
(209) 667-3122
California State University, Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center
Seaside, California 93955-8001
Dr. Peter P. Smith, President
(831) 582-3330

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