Chancellor discusses CSU presidential review

The CSU Board of Trustees has a policy requiring its presidents to be reviewed every three years. It is now time for the review of Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa, president of California State University, Monterey Bay.

“This process is intended to provide feedback to the Board of Trustees and the chancellor about the leadership of President Ochoa and the current state of affairs at California State University, Monterey Bay,” begins the letter, “It should also provide information that will further the university’s progress and assist President Ochoa in the leadership of CSU Monterey Bay.”

“A sampling of faculty, administrators/managers, staff, and community is also being invited to submit individual comments.”

It is CSU policy to inform the university community of the review and to allow anyone not selected on an ex-officio or random basis to submit comments that respond to the specific criteria.

Those wishing to submit confidential letters should keep in mind that every effort should be made to address the criteria and that neither unsigned letters nor petitions will be accepted.

“Please submit letters or emails no later than March 29, 2019,” states the letter. The letter also outlines how the submitted letters should be addressed.

“The written responses will be summarized into a confidential report that will be discussed with Dr. Ochoa,” stated the chancellor, “The report will be presented to the Board of Trustees. None of the commentators will be identified by name, and responses will be treated in confidence to the extent permitted by the law.”

“Please keep in mind that this is intended to be a constructive process that should benefit the presidency and the university.” The letter included a link to a website for the California State University system. Included on the website is the criteria used for adding the president.

The California State University website states, “General criteria for consideration of both the operations and condition of the campus as well as the leadership and management effectiveness of the president include, but are not limited to, such factors as the following.”

“General administrative effectiveness including management of human, fiscal and physical resources, working relations with the system and the campus, educational leadership and effectiveness, community relations, major achievements of the campus and the president, personal characteristics,” states the website.

A full description of all the criteria is available at www.calstate.edu/datastore/PresCriteria.shtml.

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