CSU-Stanislaus President Marvalene Hughes to Retire
Dr. Marvalene Hughes, president of California State University-Stanislaus the past 10 years, will retire this month but stay on as interim president during 2004-2005 to continue the forward progress of the university.
“Marvalene is an outstanding leader in American higher education, not only in this state,” said California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “She is a tireless advocate for CSU-Stanislaus and the entire CSU system. The board of trustees, her presidential colleagues and I are pleased that she has accepted my offer to serve as interim president this coming academic year.”
“I care very deeply about this university and the community, which made this transition extremely difficult,” Hughes said. “For 10 wonderful years it has been a privilege to be a part of the transformation of this university where unprecedented progress was experienced on every measure, whether it be enrollment growth, capital campaigns, new academic programs, facilities expansion, and construction, community events on campus or strategic planning. All of this was made possible by an outstanding administrative team, superb faculty and staff and highly qualified and motivated students. Corporate and community leaders have committed themselves to developing a strong university that enhances the quality of life in the region.
“The reaffirmation extended to me by the chancellor and the board allows the university and the community to strengthen the partnerships and continue to move the university to even higher levels of excellence. I am reinvigorated and I stand ready to serve.”
A full professor in psychology, Hughes is retiring from regular CSU service and participating in the state’s early retirement program to CSU faculty that provides two years of additional service credit to faculty members.
The search for a new president will begin in October and is expected to conclude in the spring, when the board of trustees would name a new president.
During her presidential tenure Hughes has overseen construction of $70 million in new university facilities funded by public and private sources. On Sept. 23, the campus will break ground for a $57 million, 115,000 square foot, state-of-the-art science facility.
California State University- Stanislaus has become a Hispanic-serving institution, a goal formally pursued for the past five years and officially attained in 2003.
Hughes is the co-founder of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Millennium Leadership Initiative that provides leadership training for persons traditionally underrepresented in higher education administration (see related story, pg . 22).
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