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January 9, 2007
DH 07 JH03
Contact: Joanie Harmon-Whetmore
Dominguez Hills Presidential Search Committee to Hold First Meeting on Jan. 19
(From the California State University Office of the Chancellor)
The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees will begin the search this
month for a new president of CSU Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) to succeed retiring President James E. Lyons, Sr.
The first meeting of the search committee will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 19 at Welch Hall,
Room D444, on the CSUDH campus. This is the first and only open meeting of the committee.
CSU Trustee Debra Farar will chair the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President. Committee members
include Herbert Carter, who served as acting president of CSUDH in 1998-99, Raymond Holdsworth, Glen Toney, Trustee
Chair Roberta Achtenberg, and CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.
Board policy requires the chair to appoint an advisory group to the trustees’ committee, composed of faculty, student,
and alumni representatives, as well as a member of the campus advisory board, all of whom are selected by the campus
constituent groups. Also on the advisory committee are a vice president or academic dean from the campus, and a
president of another CSU campus, both selected by the Chancellor. Both committees function as one group.
Members of the Advisory Committee for the Selection of the President include faculty members David Bradfield, professor
of music; Rod Butler, chair, Academic Senate; Susan Needham, acting chair and professor of anthropology; Janisa Spears,
president, CSUDH Alumni Association; and Ifeanyi Ebigbo, president, Associated Students,Inc. Theresa C. Cuarenta, assistant
to the athletics director represents campus staff and Boice M. Bowman, vice president, Student Affairs, represents the
campus administration. Representing CSUDH's local community are Timothy Leiweke, president and chief executive officer,
Anschutz Entertainment Group, Mary L. Carrido, chair, President’s Advisory Board and Cal Poly Pomona President Mike Ortiz.
The purpose of the initial meeting is to discuss the role of the committee, set the schedule of meetings, review the
descriptions of the campus and presidential position, and discuss any other business related to the search process.
The committee will work over the next several months reviewing applications and will conduct interviews with semi-finalists.
It is expected that the finalists will make visits to the CSUDH campus in the spring. A new president is anticipated to
be selected by the CSU Board of Trustees in May.
CSU Dominguez Hills is the most diverse of the CSU campuses, and according to U.S. News & World Report, one of the most
diverse in the West among universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. This community-based university prides
itself on personal service to students, many of whom are first in their family to earn a degree. CSUDH offers 43
undergraduate majors and 23 master’s degrees as well as multiple subject and single-subject teaching credentials.
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