APRIL 4, 2001

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2138, pwright@csub.edu



Chancellor visits CSUB


Charles B. Reed, chancellor of the California State University, will address the 31st annual President's Dinner hosted by CSU Bakersfield President Tomas Arciniega on Wednesday, April 18, at Seven Oaks Country Club.

The dinner, which begins at 6:30 p.m., each year highlights CSUB's community partnerships. This year's theme is the university's role in the Greater Bakersfield Vision 2020 project, an ambitious plan to shape the community in the coming two decades.

Arciniega will discuss CSUB's Vision 2020 involvement, and also award President's Medals to community residents whose extensive involvement with the university is being recognized.

Reed's address will focus on building excellence at CSUB, and some of those building blocks: the new Business Development Center, now under construction; and the planned engineering program, which has been approved by the CSU.

Reed has served since March 1998 as the chancellor of the CSU, the largest senior system of higher education in the United States. As the system's chief executive officer, he oversees more than 40,000 faculty and staff and 370,000 students on 23 campuses.

Before joining the CSU, he served for 13 years as the chancellor of the State University System of Florida. Prior to that, he served as the chief of staff to the governor of Florida.

Reed is dedicated to the mission of the CSU, which is to provide California's students with access to a high-quality, affordable college education. His priority issues include improving access to the CSU, building excellence in academic programs, strengthening teacher preparation, creating stronger partnerships with K-12 schools, and preparing students for the workforce of the future.

Reed also works with many different national organizations and advisory boards to build collaborative efforts between higher education and other segments of the community. He currently serves on several panels including the National Commission on the High School Senior Year, the National Business Higher Education Forum, the National Council for Education and Human Development, and the RAND Education Advisory Board.

Tickets to the dinner are $250 per couple, and a portion of the cost is tax deductible. To order tickets, or for more information, please call the CSUB Office of University Advancement at 661/664-2136.


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