The California State University

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 CSUrelated spending that generates $5.43 for every dollar the state invests. For more information, please see www.calstate.edu/impact. 

Trustees of the California State University

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

Officers of the Trustees

  • The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr., President
  • Bob Linscheid, Chair
  • Christine Helwick, Secretary
  • Dr. Benjamin F. Quillian, Treasurer

Appointed Trustees

Appointments are for a term of eight years, except 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)

Correspondence with Trustees should be sent to: c/o Trustees Secretariat, The California State University, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, California 90802-4210. 

Office of the Chancellor

The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, California 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 P. Ashley
    Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement
  • Ms. Gail E. Brooks
    Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
  • Ms. Christine Helwick
    General Counsel
  • Mr. Larry Mandel
    University Auditor

Campuses- The California State University

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

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

California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929-0150
Dr. Paul J. Zingg, President
(530) 898-4636
www.csuchico.edu

California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747-0005
Dr. Willie Hagan, Interim President
(310) 243-3301
www.csudh.edu

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

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

California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
Dr. Mildred García, President
(657) 278-2011
www.fullerton.edu

Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Dr. Rollin C. Richmond, President
(707) 826-4402
www.humboldt.edu

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

California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Dr. James M. Rosser, President
(323) 343-3000
www.calstatela.edu

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

California State University, Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 93955-8001
Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa, Interim President
(831) 582-3330
www.csumb.edu

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

California State Polytechnic University,Pomona
3801 W. Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Dr. J. Michael Ortiz, President
(909) 869-7659
www.csupomona.edu

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

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

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

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

San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0001
Dr. Mohammad H. Qayoumi, President
(408) 924-1000
www.sjsu.edu

California Polytechnic State University,San Luis Obispo
One Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Dr. Jeffrey Armstrong, President
(805) 756-1111
www.calpoly.edu

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

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

California State University, Stanislaus
One University Circle
Turlock, CA 95382-0299
Dr. Joseph F. Sheley, Interim President
(209) 667-3122
www.csustan.edu