Fullerton, California
Dec 17, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

California State University, Fullerton

President Search

California State University, Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton), a comprehensive public university located in the heart of Southern California, seeks an exceptional leader to serve as President. Cal State Fullerton is a leading campus of the CSU, serving as an intellectual and cultural center for Southern California and driver of workforce and economic development. It is an emerging national model for supporting diverse students through innovative, high-impact educational and co-curricular experiences.

Standing on 241 acres at the heart of Southern California, the university was founded in 1957 and has grown into a population of about 40,000 students. Cal State Fullerton is a large, comprehensive, urban university with more than 4,100 full-and part-time faculty and staff members. The university offers a broad spectrum of degree programs in liberal arts and sciences as well as applied and professional fields with 56 programs at the baccalaureate level and 54 graduate programs including a doctorate in education and doctor of nursing practice. Cal State Fullerton combines the best qualities of teaching and research universities where actively engaged students, faculty and staff work in close collaborations to expand knowledge. Research and other creative activities are enhanced by the proximity of the campus to nationally recognized business, cultural, and educational institutions. Faculty members were awarded more than $27.2 million in grants and contracts for research and scholarly activities in 2017-18. Cal State Fullerton is committed to giving students the support they need to graduate, while responding to California’s revolving workforce needs.

Cal State Fullerton is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (the only one in Orange County) and an Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. It is ranked fourth in the nation in terms of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minorities. Cal State Fullerton is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work, and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

Cal State Fullerton is the largest of the 23 California State University (CSU) campuses. The CSU system is the largest and most diverse university system in the country and one of the most affordable. Reporting to the Chancellor of the CSU System, the President serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Fullerton campus. The successful candidate for this position will leverage Fullerton’s many strengths – including its exceptional campus diversity and its proximity and connections to innovative businesses across Southern California – and lead this vital institution to fulfill its potential as a globally distinguished university working in service of an important public mission.

Cal State Fullerton has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

David Bellshaw, Cati Mitchell-Crossley, and Sheila Burgess

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA  94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

Fax: 415.655.4905

California State University Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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