announce details on presidential search
California State University Board of Trustees has begun the process
of selecting a successor for CSUS President Donald R. Gerth.
President Gerth, the longest serving president in CSUS history,
announced in August that he will retire after this academic year.
He plans to write and teach in the CSUS public policy and administration
department, where he is a member of the faculty.
The new president is expected to be named in March.
President Gerth began serving as president at CSUS in 1984. He has
45 years of total service in the CSU system, including eight years
as president of CSU Dominguez Hills. He also served 12 years in
academic and administrative positions at CSU Chico and a year at
the CSU Chancellor's Office.
Gerth began his service in the CSU system in 1958 as a faculty member
at San Francisco State University.
Under the Trustees' presidential selection policy, adopted in 1997,
the chair of the board establishes a five-person Trustees' Committee
for the Selection of the President, which is composed of the chair
of the board, the Chancellor and three trustees.
Trustee Bill Hauck has been selected committee chair. The two other
trustees on the committee are William "Denny" Campbell
and Martha Walda. Trustees' Chair Debra Farar and CSU Chancellor
Charles B. Reed are the other two members.
Board policy also requires the chair to appoint an advisory group
to the Trustees' search committee. The Advisory Committee to the
Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President is composed
of representatives of the faculty, staff, students and alumni, as
well as a member of the campus advisory board, all of whom are selected
by the campus. Also on the advisory committee are a vice president
or academic dean from the campus, and a president of another CSU
campus selected by the Chancellor.
The members of the Sacramento advisory committee have not yet been
President Gerth is one of three CSU presidents to announce their
retirement this fall. Cal Poly Pomona President Bob Suzuki and CSU
Chico President Manuel Esteban are also retiring. Among them, they
will have served the CSU system an extraordinary 83 years.
For the latest information about the presidential search, visit
The CSU presidential search policy is at www.calstate.edu/datastore/PresidentialSearch.shtml.