The California State University is the nation’s largest and most diverse four-year public university. With 23 unique campuses and seven off-campus centers, the CSU serves approximately 460,000 students and employs more than 56,000 faculty and staff.
Each year, the university awards nearly 130,000 degrees, changing the trajectory of students’ lives by opening doors to opportunities for upward mobility. Nearly one-third of CSU students are the first in their families to attend college and more than half of CSU students are from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
For one of the most affordable tuitions in the country, students learn from world-class faculty, gain valuable hands-on experiences and receive strong career advising, empowering them to become leaders in the changing workforce.
CSU graduates are serving as leaders in the industries that drive California’s economy, including business, agriculture, entertainment, engineering, teaching, hospitality and health care. To learn more, visit the California State Univesity website.
A Tradition of Excellence for More Than Six Decades
Since 1961, the CSU has provided an affordable, accessible and high-quality education to millions of Californians. While each campus is unique based on its curricular specialties, location and campus culture, every CSU is distinguished for the quality of its educational programs. All campuses are fully accredited, provide a high-quality broad liberal educational program and offer opportunities for students to engage in campus life through the Associated Students Inc., clubs and service learning.
Today, one in every 20 Americans with a college degree is a CSU graduate.
- 1 in every 10 employees in California is a CSU graduate.
- The CSU’s network of more than four million alumni is larger than the population of 23 U.S. states.
- The CSU awards nearly half of the bachelor’s degrees earned in California.
- The CSU awards more than one-third of California’s undergraduate nursing degrees.
- Between 2016 and 2021, the CSU prepared more of California’s teachers than any other state institution.
- About four percent of the nation’s teachers graduate from the CSU.
- In 2021-22, CSU students earned more than 20,000 business degrees and more than 7,500 engineering degrees.
- The CSU offers more than 4,000 degree programs that align with the state’s workforce demands.
- The CSU’s online concurrent enrollment program gives students the ability to enroll in courses offered by other campuses in the CSU.
- Through CSU community engagement centers, 52,000 student volunteers participated in service-learning, contributing two million hours of service in 2021-22.
The CSU is governed by the Board of Trustees, most of whom are appointed by the governor and serve with faculty and student representatives. The CSU chancellor is the chief executive officer, reporting to the board. The campus presidents serve as the campus-level chief executive officers. The trustees, chancellor and presidents develop university-wide educational policy. The presidents, in consultation with the CSU Academic Senate and other campus stakeholder groups, render and implement local policy decisions.
CSU Historical Milestones
The individual California State Colleges were established as a system with a Board of Trustees and a chancellor in 1960 by the Donahoe Higher Education Act. In 1972, the system was designated as the California State University and Colleges, and in 1982 the system became the California State University. Today, the CSU is comprised of 23 campuses, including comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California State University 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 — California State University Channel Islands — opened in fall 2002, with freshmen arriving in fall 2003. And in 2022, the Humboldt campus became Cal Poly Humboldt, joining San Luis Obispo and Pomona as that state’s third public polytechnical university.
In 1963, the CSU’s Academic Senate was established to act as the official voice of CSU faculty in university wide matters. Also, the California State College Student Presidents Association — which was later renamed the California State Student Association (CSSA) — was founded to represent each campus student association on issues affecting students.
Through its many decades of service, the CSU has continued to adapt to address societal changes, student needs and workforce trends. While the CSU’s core mission has always focused on providing high-quality, affordable bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, over time the university has added a wide range of services and programs to support student success – from adding health centers and special programs for veterans to building student residential facilities to provide a comprehensive educational experience.
In 2010, in an effort to accommodate community college transfer students, the CSU, in concert with the California Community Colleges (CCC), launched the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), which guarantees CCC transfer students with an ADT admission to the CSU with junior status. The ADT has since proven to be one of the most effective paths to a CSU for community college transfer students. In 2023, the CSU will launch the Transfer Success Pathway program to guarantee future CSU admission to high school graduates who are entering a California community college and who commit to transferring within three years.
Always adapting to changes in technology and societal trends to support student learning and degree completion, the CSU launched CSU Fully Online, which enables CSU students to complete online courses at other CSU campuses, expanding enrollment opportunities and providing more educational opportunities for students who may prefer an online format to a traditional classroom setting.
The CSU marked a significant educational milestone when it broadened its degree offerings to include professional doctoral degrees. The CSU independently offers Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Doctor of Audiology (AuD), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree programs. Additionally, the CSU was recently authorized to offer the independent Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). A limited number of other doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and private institutions in California.
The CSU strives to continually develop innovative programs, services and opportunities that will give students the tools they need to meet their full potential. In 2016, the university launched Graduation Initiative 2025, a bold plan to support students, increase the number of California’s graduates earning high-quality degrees and eliminate achievement and equity gaps for all students. Through this initiative, the CSU is ensuring that all students have the opportunity to graduate according to their personal goals, positively impacting their lives, families and communities.
By providing an accessible, hands-on education that prepares graduates for career success, the CSU has created a network of alumni so extensive and renowned that it spans across the globe. More than four million CSU alumni are making a difference in the lives of the people of California and the world.
Trustees of the CSU
The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Governor of California
The Honorable Eleni Kounalakis
Lieutenant Governor of California
The Honorable Anthony Rendon
Speaker of the Assembly
The Honorable Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dr. Jolene Koester
Interim Chancellor, California State University
Officers of the Trustees
The Honorable Gavin Newsom – President
Lillian Kimbell – Chair
Wanda Fong – Vice Chair
Andrew Jones – Secretary
Steve Relyea – Treasurer
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.
Larry L. Adamson (2024)
Diana Aguilar-Cruz (2024)
Diego Arambula (2028)
Jack B. Clarke Jr. (2027)
Douglas Faigin (2025)
Jean P. Firstenberg (2026)
Wenda Fong (2024)
Leslie Gilbert-Lurie (2030)
Lillian Kimbell (2024)
Maria Linares (2023)
Julia I. Lopez (2028)
John “Jack” McGrory (2023)
Anna Ortiz-Morfit (2025)
Yammilette Rodriguez (2029)
Romey Sabalius (2023)
Lateefah Simon (2027)
Christopher J. Steinhauser (2026)
Jose Antonio Vargas (2030)
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
Dr. Jolene Koester - Interim Chancellor
Mr. Steve Relyea – Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Sylvia A. Alva – Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs
Mr. Andrew Jones – Executive Vice Chancellor, General Counsel
Ms. Leora D. Freeman – Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Mr. Vlad Marinescu – Vice Chancellor and Chief Audit Officer
Ms. Jessica Darin – Interim Chief of Staff
Ms. Michelle Kiss – Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Board of Trustees
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, President
CSU Bakersfield website
California State University, Channel Islands
One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012
Dr. Richard Yao, President
CSU Channel Islands website
California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929
Dr. Gayle E. Hutchinson, President
Chico State website
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747
Dr. Thomas A. Parham, President
CSU Dominguez Hills website
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542
Dr. Cathy A. Sandeen, President
Cal State East Bay website
California State University, Fresno
5241 North Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA 93740
Dr. Saul Jiménez-Sandoval, President
Fresno State website
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
Dr. Sylvia Alva, Interim President
Cal State Fullerton website
California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., President
Cal Poly Humboldt website
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
Dr. Jane Close Conoley, President
Cal State Long Beach website
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Dr. William A. Covino, President
Cal State LA website
California State University Maritime Academy
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590
Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper, President
Cal Maritime website
California State University, Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 93955
Dr. Vanya Quiñones, President
CSU Monterey Bay website
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Dr. Erika Beck, President
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 W. Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Dr. Soraya M. Coley, President
Cal Poly Pomona website
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, President
Sacramento State website
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2318
Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President
Cal State San Bernardino website
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Dr. Adela de la Torre, President
San Diego State website
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Dr. Lynn Mahoney, President
San Francisco State website
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0001
Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President
San José State website
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
One Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Dr. Jeffrey D. Armstrong, President
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo website
California State University, San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Dr. Ellen J. Neufeldt, President
CSU San Marcos website
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Dr. Ming-Tung Lee, Interim President
Sonoma State website
California State University, Stanislaus
One University Circle
Turlock, CA 95382
Dr. Ellen N. Junn, President
Stanislaus State website