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Chancellor Long Beach, CA

The Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) is conducting a search for its next Chancellor.   Following the successful eight-year tenure of Dr. Timothy P. White, the University is well poised for its next chapter of service and leadership for the state of California, the nation and the world.  

Reporting directly to the Board, the Chancellor is responsible for the overall leadership, strategy, and management of the nation’s largest four-year public university. The Chancellor will take the helm of the University at an extraordinary moment of success in the history of public higher education in California. The 23 university campuses of the California State University serve a truly diverse student body of 482,000. With 53,000 extraordinary and dedicated faculty and staff, the university confers more than 100,000 baccalaureate degrees every year, roughly half of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in the state. Ten percent of California’s workforce graduated from a CSU campus and with a living alumni base of 3.8 million, nearly one-in-twenty Americans with a college degree earned it from a CSU campus. The impact of the CSU on California’s economy and civil society is unmatched.  

The mandate for the new Chancellor is to expand the University’s commitment to educating a highly diverse student body to become career-ready graduates prepared to function in an international, multicultural society while further developing a strategic and financial vision that will sustain the system’s vital mission in perpetuity. The Chancellor will work to set a policy, programmatic, and operational agenda that incorporates the needs and priorities of all constituencies – students, faculty, staff, administration, the Board, state and federal legislators, alumni, and business and community stakeholders – and maintain and preserve the University’s deep commitment to the fundamental principles of inclusive excellence, shared governance, and collaboration with a workforce represented by labor and trade unions. This is a truly unique opportunity for a visionary leader to lead an institution that will continue to have a significant positive impact in one of the most vibrant and innovative regions in the country and beyond.

Given the University’s many ambitions and obligations, the Chancellor will be tasked with a crucial set of opportunities and challenges, which will include:

  • Further strengthen CSU’s mission to provide access to an excellent education to all qualified Californians;
  • Advance meaningful activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels within the CSU;
  • Provide visionary leadership, setting and advancing a policy agenda reflective of and responsive to the University’s mission and needs; champion student achievement through the CSU’s university-wide Graduation Initiative 2025;
  • Continue to cultivate a positive culture within the University while further refining what it means to be an effective system now and in the future;
  • Support and mentor the CSU’s 23 presidents in leading their respective university campuses, and recruit, select and appoint new campus leadership in partnership with the Board;
  • Advocate for resources in a competitive and sometimes unpredictable funding environment; and
  • Serve as an influential leader in the broader higher education landscape, both within California and nationally.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; for best consideration, please apply by February 1, 2020. To read the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, and applications, please use the buttons below. 

David Bellshaw and Cati Mitchell-Crossley are leading this search with Carley Davenport.

California State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, age, disability, covered veteran’s status or any other protected status.


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