California State University  {SF State Bulletin 2012-2013}

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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 newest — CSU Channel Islands — opened in Fall 2002, with freshmen arriving in Fall 2003.


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 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 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 high-quality, affordable bachelor’s and master’s level degree programs. 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. In 2005, the CSU was authorized to independently offer educational doctorate (Ed.D.) programs.


Enrollment in fall 2010 totaled 412,000 students, who were taught by more than 21,000 faculty. The system awards about half of the bachelor’s degrees and a third of the master’s degrees granted in California. More than 2.6 million students have graduated from CSU campuses since 1961.


A recent economic report found that the CSU supports more than 150,000 jobs statewide, annually. The engine driving job creation is more than $17 billion in economic activity that directly results from CSU related spending that generates $5.43 for every dollar the state invests. For more information, please see


Trustees of The California State University

Ex Officio Trustees

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Governor of California


The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor of California


The Honorable John Pérez
Speaker of the Assembly


The Honorable Tom Torlakson
State Superintendent of Public Instruction4


Dr. Charles B. Reed
Chancellor of the California State University


Officers of The Trustees

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.


Bob Linscheid


Christine Helwick


Dr. Benjamin F. Quillian


Appointed Trustees

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 alphabetically.


Roberta Achtenberg (2015)
Carol R. Chandler (2012)
Bernadette Cheyne (2013)
Steven Dixon (2012)
Debra S. Farar (2014)
Kenneth Fong (2013)
Margaret Fortune (2016)
Steven Glazer (2019)
Melina Guzman (2012)
William Hauck (2017)
Linda A. Lang (2017)
Bob Linscheid (2012)
Peter Mehas (2015)
Henry Mendoza (2016)
Lou Monville (2014)
Jillian Ruddell (2013)
Glen Toney (2013)


Correspondence with Trustees should be sent to:

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


Office of The Chancellor

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


Dr. Charles B. Reed
Chancellor, CSU System


Dr. Benjamin F. Quillian
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer


Dr. Ephraim P. Smith
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Office


Mr. Garrett Ashley
Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement


Ms. Gail Brooks
Vice Chancellor, Human Resources


Ms. Christine Helwick
General Counsel


Mr. Larry Mandel
University Auditor


Campuses – The California State University

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
Dr. Horace Mitchell, President
(661) 654-2782


California State University, Channel Islands
One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012
Dr. Richard Rush, President
(805) 437-8400


California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929-0150
Dr. Paul J. Zingg, President
(530) 898-4636


California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747-0005
Dr. Mildred Garcia, President
(310) 243-3301


California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542
Dr. Leroy M. Morishita, Interim President
(510) 885-3000


California State University, Fresno
5241 North Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA 93740
Dr. John D. Welty, President
(559) 278-4240


California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
Dr. Milton A. Gordon, President
(657) 278-2011


Humboldt State University
One Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Dr. Rollin C. Richmond, President
(707) 826-3011


California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
Dr. F. King Alexander, President
(562) 985-4111


California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Dr. James M. Rosser, President
(323) 343-3000


California Maritime Academy
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, California 94590
Dr. William B. Eisenhardt, President
(707) 654-1000


California State University, Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center
Seaside, California 93955-8001
Dr. Dianne Harrison, President
(831) 582-3330


California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Dr. Jolene Koester, President
(818) 677-1200


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Dr. J. Michael Ortiz, President
(909) 869-7659


California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
Dr. Alexander Gonzalez, President
(916) 278-6011


California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2393
Dr. Albert K. Karnig, President
(909) 537-5000


San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Dr. Elliot Hirshman, President
(619) 594-5200


San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Dr. Leslie E. Wong, President
(415) 338-1111


San José State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0001
Dr. Mohammad H. Qayoumi, President
(408) 924-1000


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
One Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Dr. Jeffrey Armstrong, President
(805) 756-1111


California State University, San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Dr. Karen S. Haynes, President
(760) 750-4000


Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
Dr. Ruben Armiñana, President
(707) 664-2880


California State University, Stanislaus
One University Circle
Turlock, CA 95382-0299
Dr. Hamid Shirvani, President
(209) 667-3122


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