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Alexander Gonzalez
Inauguration Greetings
Text of speeches given by representatives of the campus' core constituencies

Joshua Wood
Associated Students


Larry Cook
Alumni Association


Cindy Collins
University Staff Assembly


Murray L. Galinson, Ph.D.
Chair, CSU Board of Trustees


Charles B. Reed, Ed.D.
Chancellor, California State University



Joshua Wood
Associated Students


It is an honor to be here today in the presence of so many inspiring people from our campus community and around the state. As we inaugurate the 11th President at California State University, Sacramento we do so with a shared vision for our campus a vision of a Destination campus. As the Student Body President in deference to this occasion I have prepared the following remarks to be shared today.

As the eyes of this State lay heavily fixed upon the future of higher education, the piercing burden to carry the weight of the expectations, constantly causes us to examine our policies, our leaders and even ourselves with the hope of bettering this system which has been charged with the daunting task of providing a rich educational atmosphere while constantly fighting for the resources needed to meet these goals. This sense of preservation and constant self-examination has led many leaders around the State in all facets of education to adhere to a tradition of seeking the status quo, to just do what we have to do to maintain the norm. But here at CSU, Sacramento we gather to Inaugurate a President who will not be satisfied with fulfilling the state quo, but will reach beyond with ambitious goals for a better future for our Institution.

President Gonzalez has embarked upon this challenge by displaying vast leadership qualities, which have revived community interest in our campus, and created a new tradition, one that is defined by his ambitious goals for the future. On this day of celebration on behalf of the students of this campus I would like to instill upon you our Inaugurating President one point of information to remember through your years here at CSU, Sacramento.

Let us work in partnership to Continue toward a the Destination campus, let us continue to display leadership and promise, let us continue to make this campus better one student at a time, but most importantly let us continue to fight towards the greater goal of a campus where every student has the opportunity to be retained and graduate. Together we can foster excellent academic and student programs that will increase the retention and graduation rates of all students, and thus empower a community, which will be defined by ambitious goals as well as success. The realization of the Master plan for California education is in your hands we put our trust in you and give you our support.

Larry Cook
Alumni Association


On behalf of the Sac State Alumni Association, I would like to offer our congratulations to president Alex Gonzalez on the occasion of his inauguration as the eleventh president of California State University, Sacramento. During his short tenure president Gonzalez has been very supportive of the Alumni Association and the programs and events that we are involved with. In addition he has shared his plans to increase awareness of our university in Northern California and the Nation.

President Gonzalez is driving to do much more than that, he is willing to put his full effort on the line to accomplish what we need to take our university to the next level in education, excellence, facilities and accomplishments. However he can’t do this alone, he needs all of us; Facility, Staff, Students, Alumni, Business and Community Leaders, City and County Officials, and many others, to accomplish this goal. With our support and with the drive and direction President Gonzalez brings with him to our campus we can develop Sac State into the outstanding education facility we all know it can be.

In the business world it is not often we are able to find a leader that is willing to give so much effort to the task at hand. In President Gonzalez we have that dedicated leader. We can’t miss the opportunity he is giving us to create the best University in the CSU system. So I urge all of you to make every effort to assist President Gonzalez in any way you can, and to be a part of the progress and advancement of our fine University.
Cindy Collins
University Staff Assembly


Good afternoon and welcome President Gonzalez, Gloria and honored guests. My name is Cindy Collins and I am the president of the University Staff Assembly. It is a distinct honor for me to participate in today’s inauguration ceremony as the staff representative. President Gonzalez will be receiving a gift from staff of a set of bookends that were designed and created by one of our colleagues, Rod Sorenson. Rod used a very special and rare wood because it came from a tree that once lived on this campus. We chose to give bookends for the practicality as well as the beauty of the gift. The bookends themselves are very symbolic of the working relationship between the staff and faculty who together as a unit support the students who are the reason the university exits.

The tree itself is also a reminder of how a university is structured. The trunk of the tree is likened to the Administration - there to support the entire structure. The branches surely are the faculty – without them the tree would have no form. Certainly the leaves are our students – multitudes of them in all different shapes, sizes and colors, dancing in the wind and changing with the seasons. They give evidence to the ever-altering nature of life. However, no tree can live long without a strong and healthy root system - this is the role of the staff. Through our work we bring the essential nutrients to every part of the tree. Underground, unseen, quietly and oftentimes without much tangible reward, we do our jobs proudly, with dignity and strength, for the good of the tree. As Master Gardener it is your job, President Gonzalez, to nurture and care for our tree.

It is with great Pride in the Past and Promise for the Future that the staff welcomes you to our university.


Murray L. Galinson, Ph.D.
Chair, CSU Board of Trustees

Good afternoon.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to welcome all of the members of the CSU Sacramento family who have joined us here today.

I am honored to be here to celebrate such an important milestone for Alex Gonzalez and for this university.

CSU Sacramento is a dynamic institution that embodies the California State University mission.

This university is a vibrant part of the community and the surrounding region. In fact, one out of every 26 people who live in this region is a CSU Sacramento graduate.

This university has an incredible impact and touches many, many lives.

Alex, the Board of Trustees believes that you and CSU Sacramento are well matched.

In your short time here, you have already demonstrated outstanding intellect, talent, and experience in building university-community partnerships.

You have a host of new projects on tap, including an ambitious campus master plan.

You have a keen sense of this university’s role in the community, and you have the enthusiasm and “can-do” spirit to inspire others to excellence.

In your fall convocation address, you told the university that your administration is focused on leading and on cheerleading.

You help bring out the best in your employees and students.

Alex, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, I congratulate you on your successes to date.

We look forward to many more years of working with you and watching this university reach new heights of accomplishment.

Thank you very much.


Charles B. Reed, Ed.D.
Chancellor, California State University

I have often said that choosing a president is one of the most important responsibilities given to the chancellor and the Board of Trustees. It is a decision that carries a great deal of weight because it affects the campus as well as the entire community.

We recognize the important consequences of this decision – and we take this responsibility very seriously.

That is why, when it came time to choose a leader for CSU Sacramento, we chose Alexander Gonzalez.

Alex brought with him the leadership, the values, and the vision that made him such an outstanding leader when he served at Cal State San Marcos.

His combination of experience, talent, and forward-thinking optimism turned out to be an ideal match for this dynamic institution.

He has a passion for helping the kinds of students that we serve at CSU Sacramento and at the California State University.

One of the most impressive things about Alex is that he always sets high expectations for himself.

In the next few years, this university will face a host of new challenges and demands in meeting the goals of the new campus master plan.

These challenges will require a skilled leader who knows how to craft a vision, juggle priorities, and build partnerships.

President Gonzalez has shown us he can do all of this and more.

Under his leadership, I am sure that this university will meet those challenges and surpass our expectations.

I am now pleased to give him the “official” title of president so that he can continue all of his important efforts.

It is now time for the investiture.

Alex, will you please join us at the podium?

By the authority granted to me by the Board of Trustees of the California State University, I hereby invest you with the Office of President of California State University, Sacramento, with all the honors, privileges, and the responsibilities thereunto pertaining.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to present President Alexander Gonzalez.