President Search

California State University Fullerton

California State University, Fullerton
President Search

The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees invites nominations and applications for the position of President of California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Appointed by the CSU Board of Trustees and reporting to the CSU Chancellor, the next President must be an energetic leader and passionate advocate for CSUF. They will build upon the University’s existing strengths and relationships within Orange County, the region, and nationally to further its efforts in student success, teaching and scholarly excellence, and community engagement.

California State University, Fullerton
Founded in 1957 as the 12th campus of the now 23-campus California State University System, CSUF was first accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1961. An intellectual and cultural catalyst for Southern California and a driver of workforce and economic development, CSUF has become a comprehensive university that supports the success of a diverse student population through a wide range of transformational curricular and co-curricular programs. CSUF is a leader in its fundraising efforts and its most recent and first-ever comprehensive philanthropic campaign raised more than $270 million by its close in December 2022 – surpassing its initial goal of $175 million, making it the third largest completed campaign in the history of the CSU system.

CSUF is home to 2,283 faculty (804 tenured/tenure track, 1,399 lecturer, and 80 non-instructional faculty) and 1,875 staff. It is supported by an annual operating budget of $261 million. The University offers 119 degree programs, 55 undergraduate and 64 graduate programs (including doctorates in education and nursing practice), through its eight colleges: College of the Arts, College of Business and Economics, College of Communications, College of Education, College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Health and Human Development, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. CSUF is a leading institution in the CSU system, regularly having the largest enrollment among the 23 campuses. In fall 2022, 40,386 students enrolled at CSUF, including 5,147 graduate and postbaccalaureate students.

Designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and an Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), CSUF embraces a diverse student population with 50.2% Hispanic students and 52.7% underrepresented students. Within the last five years, CSUF has continued to develop and implement a wide range of student success strategies aimed at improving timely graduation and eliminating equity gaps. As a result, the 4-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen has increased from 29% to 39%, the 2-year graduation rate for undergraduate transfer students reached 37.7%, and the 3-year graduation rate for Master’s students has remained stable around 75% despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022-23, CSUF awarded 9,065 Bachelor’s degrees, 1,538 Master’s degrees, and 83 Doctoral degrees, the last of which is the highest in the university’s history. In 2021, in recognition of its commitment to supporting students, CSUF received the Seal of Excelencia from Excelencia in Education.

The recruitment and retention of highly qualified, diverse faculty and staff are critical goals for CSUF. With nearly 20% of faculty and over 40% of staff coming from underrepresented backgrounds, the University continues to pursue the goal of increasing faculty and staff diversity. In addition to their deep commitment to access and student success, faculty are engaged in highly impactful research, creative activity, and institutional projects that bolster CSUF’s educational and service mission. As a result, 2022-23 proved to be an extremely successful year for CSUF faculty including record-high submissions of $146.1 million for external funding and funded awards of $46.1 million. In addition to the newly established Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center (UROC), which focuses on increasing faculty-led undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities, faculty participate in a wide variety of Campus Centers and Institutes which address many research, service, and community needs.

Position Summary
Appointed by the CSU Board of Trustees and reporting to the CSU Chancellor, the President serves as the University’s chief executive officer responsible for setting the vision, strategy, and related institutional goals and objectives. The President oversees the University’s administration and operations and implements the policies and procedures adopted by the CSU system. The President, with their strong leadership team, will focus on achieving the University’s core mission to nurture and support students’ unique talents, diverse life experiences, and intellect through engaged teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and public service that support their overall success, well-being, and the greater good.

CSUF’s next President will be a community-oriented leader who will foster collaborative and effective relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, business and community partners, legislative leaders, and other campus stakeholders. In doing so, the President will actively and authentically engage with campus colleagues and the community to support the educational mission of the University and spearhead its efforts in setting an ambitious trajectory for CSUF’s future.

Qualities and Characteristics
Although a doctoral degree, exceptional scholarly and pedagogical contributions, and administrative experience are highly preferred, the CSU Board of Trustees will consider candidates who have achieved noteworthy success in their respective fields outside higher education. These candidates must have demonstrated experience and a track-record of success working in a complex organization where success is achieved in partnership and collaboration rather than solely through direct authority.

To view the full Leadership Profile and list of Qualities and Characteristics, please visit: https://www.spaexec.com/pd/CSUFPres.pdf.

Application / Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name and contact information of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Sal Venegas Jr., Partner

Email: apsearch@spaexec.com
Refer to code “CSUF-President” in the subject line

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California State University, Fullerton considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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