CFA Members Speak Out at CSU Chancellor Search Committee Forums

The first two forums to provide input on what qualities the next CSU Chancellor should embody kicked off this week, with students, faculty and staff calling on the search committee to select a leader who is focused on the student experience and increasing diversity among faculty.

CFA Associate Vice President and Professor at CSU Sacramento Margarita Berta-Ávila kicked off public comment by urging the search committee to prioritize candidates who will work collaboratively with CSU unions, will provide students with the resources they need to succeed, and will fight tirelessly for more funding to improve student access.

Two weeks ago, the CSU Trustees announced that their search committee would hold a series of public forums as part of the process to select the next chancellor. One of those forums took place just yesterday on the campus of Sacramento State, with several more still to come over the next couple of weeks. CFA members are strongly encouraged to attend forums on their campuses to remind search committee members that our union would like to see a strong advocate who will fight for both faculty, students, and staff.  CFA President Charles Toombs says, “Anyone and everyone who can attend should be at these forums.  It’s important for CFA to make a statement, whether that’s vocalizing our priorities or supporting those who provide valuable public comment.”  The CSU has stated its goal is to hire a new chancellor by the summer of 2020.

Board of Trustees Chair, Adam Day, has announced that the search will be a confidential national search and appointed seven Trustees to be part of the search committee. They include Jean Firstenberg, Debra Farar, Silas Abrego, Wenda Fong, Juan Garcia, Romey Sabalius, and Peter Taylor. In addition, a stakeholder advisory committee was appointed to work with the search committee to do a “listening tour” of campuses. Notably, no labor representatives are included in this committee.

The CSU Chancellor’s Office has a webpage where the public can view the chancellor position description, may “Nominate a Candidate,” or apply for the position.  You can also submit ideas via email at chancellorsearch@calstate.edu.

The six open forums started this week and are being livestreamed.  Here’s the upcoming schedule:

  • November 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dumke Auditorium at the California State University Office of the Chancellor (estimated start time pending the conclusion of the Board of Trustees meeting).
  • November 22, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Services Building at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
  • December 3, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom at California State University, San Marcos.
  • December 5 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union at California State University, Fresno.