Replacing a President

Jim Herrick is director of the SDSU Alumni Association. This post originally appeared in his blog, Directly Speaking, on Feb. 2, 2011.

And so it begins…

Tuesday, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed came down from Long Beach for a visit.  He was joined by some of the trustees and some more members of the committee to select the next president of San Diego State.  They dined with the members of the Campanile Foundation board of directors.  The board had been anxious about the process.

Reed and committee chair, Bill Hauck, did a great job of assuaging the collective fears of the board. They addressed their concerns regarding the next person being externally savvy, the compensation issue, and their desire to have SDSU continue in the Steve Weber tradition of listening to the community and tweaking our curricula to meet the regional workforce demands.  Chancellor Reed even reiterated his support for Division I athletics and mentioned repeatedly that “everyone loves a winner,” and that he recently spent an hour with the Aztecs’ new head football coach, Rocky Long.

The Chancellor and his trustees have done this before.

Subsequently, they, along with the supplementary Committee to advise the committee to select the president, convened an open forum where students and faculty and alumni and staff got to ask anything they wanted.  It was all fairly confidence-inspiring.

That they elected to have these meetings and the subsequent ones in our own Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center was a nice bonus.

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