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University Catalog 2012-2013 
University Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The California State University System


The individual California State Colleges were brought together as a system by the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960. In 1972 the system became The California State University and Colleges, and in 1982 the system became The California State University (CSU). Today the campuses of the CSU include comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California Maritime Academy, a specialized campus.

The oldest campus—San José State University—was founded in 1857 and became the first institution of public higher education in California. The newest–CSU Channel Islands– opened in fall 2002, with freshmen arriving in fall 2003.

Responsibility for The California State University is vested in the Board of Trustees, whose members are appointed by the Governor. The Trustees appoint the Chancellor, who is the chief executive officer of the system, and the Presidents, who are the chief executive officers of the respective campuses.

The Trustees, the Chancellor, and the Presidents develop systemwide policy, with implementation at the campus level taking place through broadly based consultative procedures. The Academic Senate of the CSU, made up of elected representatives of the faculty from each campus, recommends academic policy to the Board of Trustees through the Chancellor.

Academic excellence has been achieved by the CSU through a distinguished faculty whose primary responsibility is superior teaching. While each campus in the system has its own unique geographic and curricular character, all campuses, as multipurpose institutions, offer undergraduate and graduate instruction for professional and occupational goals as well as broad liberal education. All campuses require a basic program of “General Education Requirements” for graduation regardless of the type of bachelor’s degree or major field selected by the student.

The CSU offers high-quality, affordable bachelor’s and master’s level degree programs. Many of these programs are offered so that students can complete all upper division and graduate requirements by part-time, late afternoon, and evening study. In addition, a variety of teaching and school service credential programs are available. A limited number of doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and with private institutions in California. In 2005, the CSU was authorized to independently offer educational doctorate (Ed.D.) programs.

Enrollment in fall 2011 totaled 427,000 students, who were taught by more than 21,000 faculty. The system awards about half of the bachelor’s degrees and a third of the master’s degrees granted in California. More than 2.7 million students have graduated from CSU campuses since 1961.

A recent economic report found that the CSU supports more than 150,000 jobs statewide, annually. The engine driving job creation is more than $17 billion in economic activity that directly results from CSU-related spending that generates $5.43 for every dollar the state invests. For more information, please see www.calstate.edu/impact.


Map of CSU Office and Campus Locations

Check out the website for the entire California State University: www.csumentor.edu. You will find helpful hints, frequently asked questions, campus tours, and general information about all 23 campuses. The phone number listed for each campus is for the Office of Admission.




California State University, Bakersfield • Q
  9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
Dr. Horace Mitchell, President
(661) 654-2782


California State University, Channel Islands • S
  One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012
Dr. Richard R. Rush, President
(805) 437-8400




California State University, Chico • S
  400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929-0150
Dr. Paul J. Zingg, President


California State University, Dominguez Hills • S
  1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747-0005
Dr. Willie Hagan, Interim President
(310) 243-3696


California State University, East Bay • Q
  25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542
Dr. Leroy M. Morishita, President
(510) 885-3000


California State University, Fresno • S
  5241 North Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA 93740
Dr. John D. Welty, President
(559) 278-4240


California State University, Fullerton • S
  800 North State College Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
Dr. Mildred García, President
(657) 278-2011


Humboldt State University • S

  One Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Dr. Rollin C. Richmond, President
(707) 826-3011


California State University, Long Beach • S
  1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
Dr. F. King Alexander, President
(562) 985-4111


California State University, Los Angeles • Q
  5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Dr. William A. Covino, President
(323) 343-3000


California Maritime Academy • S
  200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590
Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper, President
(707) 654-1000


California State University, Monterey Bay • S
  Vallejo, CA 94590
Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa, Interim President
(707) 654-1000


California State University, Northridge • S
  18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, President
(818) 677-1200


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona • Q
  3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Dr. J. Michael Ortiz, President
(909) 869-7659


California State University, Sacramento • S
  6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
Dr. Alexander Gonzalez, President
(916) 278-6011


California State University, San Bernardino • Q
  5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2393
Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President
(909) 537-5000


San Diego State University • S
  5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Dr. Elliot Hirshman, President
(619) 594-5200


San Francisco State University • S
  1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Dr. Leslie E. Wong, President
(415) 338-1111


San José State University • S
  One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0001
Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi, President
(408) 924-1000


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo • Q
  One Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Dr. Warren J. Baker, President
(805) 756-1111


California State University, San Marcos • S
  333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Dr. Karen S. Haynes, President
(760) 750-4000


Sonoma State University • S
  1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
Dr. Ruben Armiñana, President
(707) 664-2880


California State University, Stanislaus 4-1-4
  801 West Monte Vista Avenue
Turlock, CA 95382
Dr. Joseph F. Sheley, Interim President
(209) 667-3122

Officials of the California State University

Office of the Chancellor

The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210
(562) 951-4000

Dr. Timothy P. White               Chancellor - CSU System
Dr. Benjamin F. Quillian   Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Ephraim P. Smith   Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer
Mr. Garrett Ashley   Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement
Ms. Gail Brooks   Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Ms. Christine Helwick   General Counsel
Larry Mandel   University Auditor

The CSU Board of Trustees

In adopting the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960, the State Legislature established the Board of Trustees of The California State College (designated “The California State University” on Jan. 1, 1982) to “succeed to the powers, duties and functions with respect to the management, administration and control of the state colleges.” Prior to this, the State Board of Education had jurisdiction over the separate colleges.

The Donahoe Act also restructured the individual campuses into the nation’s largest system of senior higher education. The Board of Trustees governs this diverse and complex 23-campus system by:

  1. Developing broad administrative policy for the campuses
  2. Providing broad direction and coordination to campus curricular development
  3. Overseeing the efficient management of funds, property, facilities and investments by the system and the campuses
  4. Appointing the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors for the system, and the Presidents for the campuses as chief executives with certain delegated responsibilities
  5. Communicating to the people of California an understanding and appreciation of the current effectiveness and the future needs of the California State University.

Under present law there are 24 voting Trustees. Five Trustees are ex officio members: the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Chancellor. The Alumni Trustee is appointed by the CSU Statewide Alumni Council. The Student and Faculty Trustee are appointed by the Governor from nominees proposed by the California State Student Association and the Statewide Academic Senate respectively. The Student, Alumni, and Faculty Trustees serve for two years. The sixteen remaining Trustees are appointed by the Governor, confirmed by the State Senate, and serve for eight years. Trustees remain on the Board until a replacement is named or 60 days after their term expires.

The Governor is designated as the President of the Board; the Chancellor serves as Secretary-Treasurer. Other officers, including the Board’s Chair and Vice Chair, are elected by Board members for one-year terms. One Trustee serves as representative to the California Postsecondary Education Commission.

Currently there are nine standing committees of the Board: Audit; Campus Planning, Buildings and Grounds; Collective Bargaining; Educational Policy; Finance; Governmental Relations; Institutional Advancement; Organization and Rules; and University and Faculty Personnel.

Board meetings are held in the headquarters building in Long Beach six times a year. Board meetings are arranged to allow or public comment and also to promote communication between the Trustees and campus Presidents, Executive Committee members of the Statewide Academic Senate, representatives of the California State Student Association, and officers of the Statewide Alumni Council.

The Donahoe Act - which grew out of the recommendations contained in A Master Plan for Higher Education in California, 1960-1975 - was added to the California Education Code as Division 16.5. Along with Division 18 of the Code, it defines the composition, appointments, terms, powers, and functions of the Board of Trustees.

Section 89030 of the Code provides that “the Trustees shall adopt rules and regulations not inconsistent with the laws of this State for: a) the government of the Trustees, b) the government of their appointees and employees, c) the government of the California State University.” Section 66607 stipulates that “The California State University shall be entirely independent of all political and sectarian influence and kept free there from in the appointment of its Trustees and in the administration of its affairs.”

List of CSU Board of Trustees

Ex Officio Trustees

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Governor of California

The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor of California

The Honorable John Pérez
Speaker of the Assembly

The Honorable Tom Torlakson
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Dr. Timothy P. White
Chancellor of The California State University

Appointed Trustees

Appointments are made for a term of eight years, student, alumni, and faculty trustees whose terms are for two years. Terms expire in the year in parentheses. Names are listed alphabetically.

Roberta Achtenberg (2015)
Bernadette Cheyne (2013)
Rebecca Eisen (2020)
Debra S. Farar (2014)
Kenneth Fong (2013)
Margaret Fortune (2016)
Lupe Garcia (2020)
Steven Glazer (2019)
William Hauck (2017)
Bob Linscheid (2012)
Peter Mehas (2015)
Henry Mendoza (2016)
Lou Monville (2014)
Hugo Morales (2020)
Larry Norton (2020)
Jillian Ruddell (2013)
Glen Toney (2013)
Cipriano Vargas (2014)

Officers of the Trustees

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.          President
Bob Linscheid          Chair
Christine Helwick   Secretary
Richard P. West   Treasurer

Correspondence with Trustees should be sent to:

c/o Trustees Secretariat
The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210