Last, I would like to announce that I am retiring as president of Sonoma State University at the end of this academic year, June 30, 2016. By that date I will have served 24 years as president, the longest presidential term in the history of this university. I am also the senior president in the CSU. As of Fall 2016 I will transition to Trustee Professor for the following year. A national search for a new president will begin later this semester and conclude early in the spring.
It has been a privilege for Marne and I to have stewarded Sonoma State University for these many years. I believe with the assistance and leadership of many of you here and some who have previously retired, SSU has been transformed and is a jewel not only in the California State University but in higher education. The physical transformation is evident, but more important and significant has been the strengthening of the academic quality and its recognition in the community. We impact the lives of our students and graduates and nothing gives me more pride that when I am approached locally and nationally, even abroad, by an alum who happily and proudly tells me that he or she went to SSU and how great that experience was. My eternal wish is that this expression continues for our present and future students.
I wish all of you a rewarding academic year.