Asm. Richard Pan resolution calls for open chancellor search

Assemblymember Richard Pan

Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 164 by Assemblymember Richard Pan passed out of the state Senate on a bi-partisan, nearly unanimous vote last week.

ACR 164 – which CFA sponsored – calls for the CSU Trustees to make the process for selecting a new CSU Chancellor more transparent to ensure that the Trustees’ final selection is based on the needs of students, faculty and other members of the higher education community.

View the story on ACR 164 from the Chico Enterprise Record.

“The CSU Chancellor is one of the most important public servants in state service.  As such, the recruitment and selection should be done publicly, not part of a backroom coronation that excludes key stakeholders,” said Cecil Canton, CFA’s Associate Vice President and a professor of Criminal Justice at Sacramento State University.

He continued, “Our last chancellor got off on the wrong foot because of a secretive search process that failed to include campus visits and discussion with the campus community. Sadly, these relationships within the CSU never recovered.”

The resolution comes as the Trustees’ Special Committee for the Selection of the Chancellor is set to convene next week near San Francisco to interview candidates. The meeting will be held in closed session; members of the public, CSU community and media will be barred from participating or even knowing which candidates the committee is considering

CFA continues to believe that the university will be best served by an open and inclusive vetting process for our next chancellor.