California State University San Marcos President Alexander Gonzalez, has been named President of California, State University Sacramento, effective later this year. The announcement, by CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, was made in Long Beach on Thursday, March 13, 2003, following a meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees. A search committee composed of Trustees, faculty, staff and student representatives conducted the search and recommended Gonzalez to the Board of Trustees.
Reed is expected to name an interim president for Cal State San Marcos soon. The interim president will serve during the search for a permanent president, who is expected to be named in early 2004 and would arrive on campus that summer.
“Its an honor to be selected to lead such a significant campus, first because of its size and accomplishment, but also because of its location at the seat of state government”, said Gonzalez ”I look forward to building on the great foundation provided by President Gerth. While at San Marcos I have been fortunate to lead the campus through an important part of this development. I leave the campus knowing the wonderful people of the area, especially those close friends we’ve made in the community”
Gonzalez,57, is the second president of Cal State San Marcos. He was named interim president following the departure of President Bill Stancey in 1997. Reed appointed Gonzalez president after a year in an interim position. Reed described the appointment as “extraordinary” and said Gonzalez had earned the position “the old fashioned way-through dedication and hard work.”
“It is important to note”, Gonzalez said, “That operation of San Marcos is not going to be affected by a change of president. Provost Bob Sheath manages the academic operation of the campus and supervises student services. He will be here through the transition and will ensure con continuity of class offerings and services.”
Gonzalez replaces Donald Gerth, who will retire this summer after 19 years as president of CSU Sacramento and 45 years with the CSU system. CSU Sacramento is the sixth largest university in the 23 campus system, enrolling a multicultural student body of nearly 29,000 while keeping a commitment to small classes. It is California’s Capital University. Students enjoy extensive research and internships opportunities in Sacramento, the heart of California government.
Gonzalez served for six years as a commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, completing his appointment while President at San Marcos. He was appointed by President Bush to serve on the President’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. In February, 2003, he was appointed to a one year term on the board of the American Council on Education.