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March 13, 2003

Alexander Gonzalez named new president

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Alexander Gonzalez (center), who was named the next president of CSUS, chats with criminal justice professor Cecil Canton (left) and College of Natural Science and Mathematics Dean Marion O’Leary during a visit to campusAlexander Gonzalez, president of California State University, San Marcos, today was named the new president of California State University, Sacramento by the CSU Board of Trustees.

Gonzalez, who has been president at San Marcos since 1997, succeeds retiring CSU Sacramento President Don Gerth, who is leaving this summer after 19 years at the campus and 45 with the CSU system. Gonzalez will be Sacramento’s 11th president.

“It is a distinct honor to be selected to lead such a significant campus -- significant because of its size and accomplishments, but also because of its location at the seat of state government,” Gonzalez said. “I look forward to building on the great foundation provided by President Gerth. While at San Marcos, I have been fortunate to lead the campus through an important part of its development. I leave the campus knowing that its plan for the future is in place and that the momentum will continue. Gloria and I will greatly miss all the wonderful people of the area, especially those close friends we have made in the community.”

Board of Trustees member and search committee chair Bill Hauck said that Gonzalez “has a proven record in the CSU. Alex will be an outstanding president for Sacramento, and he is the right choice to lead the campus in the near future as it deals with growth and community involvement, including forging connections with business leaders and relationships in the state capital.”

Gonzalez, 57, was the second president of San Marcos. He was appointed as interim in 1997, and was made permanent in 1998 by CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed and the trustees. Prior to San Marcos, Gonzalez, a professor of psychology, spent 18 years at California State University, Fresno, beginning as an assistant professor. He served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs for six years at Fresno.

He received his Ph.D. and master's degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his bachelor's degree in history from Pomona College. Gonzalez did postgraduate work at Stanford University as a postdoctoral fellow of the Ford Foundation and National Research Council. He also attended Harvard Law School.

The CSU Board of Trustees will set Gonzalez’s salary at its May meeting.

California State University, Sacramento is the sixth largest university in the 23-campus CSU system, enrolling a multicultural student body of nearly 29,000 while keeping a commitment to small classes. It is California's Capital University. Students enjoy extensive research and internship opportunities in Sacramento, the heart of California government.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 407,000 students and 45,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu.


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