The CSU Board of Trustees appointed two new presidents last week. Cathy A. Sandeen was appointed president of CSU East Bay, while Erika D. Beck moved from her current position as president at CSU Channel Islands to the new president at CSU Northridge. 

Beck will assume her new role at CSUN on January 11. The CSU Chancellor’s Office will make an interim appointment soon, while the Board of Trustees announced it will launch a national search next year for Beck’s successor at Channel Islands. Sandeen is expected to begin her role at East Bay on January 4. She is currently the chancellor of the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Despite COVID-related layoffs and cost-cutting methods across campuses, Trustees again increased salaries for both appointments by 10 percent over their predecessors. As we said in Headlines last week, CFA strongly opposes any raises and exorbitant pay for executive and administrative roles during an ongoing pandemic, economic downturn, and with the backdrop of layoffs on CSU campuses. It is downright immoral for already highly paid presidents, executives, and administrators to continue to receive massive paychecks and housing stipends while the CSU confronts cuts in state funding by laying off staff and reducing lecturer and coaching jobs. The CSU also needs to save student, faculty, and staff work, jobs, and healthcare coverage by dipping into its more than $1.7 billion reserve.

CFA will address these latest developments and trends in executive pay in depth in next week’s Headlines.

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