To the campus community,
It is with a great pleasure that I write to announce that Professor Steven Stepanek has been appointed by Governor Brown to the CSU Board of Trustees. His term as CSU Faculty Trustee is from October 25, 2013 to June 30, 2015.
Professor Stepanek is chair of CSUN's Department of Computer Science and CSUN's elected Faculty President. As his election to a second term as Faculty President by his campus colleagues attests, Professor Stepanek has earned a reputation as one who has been able to tackle difficult issues while retaining the respect of his peers.
Professor Stepanek brings a long history of service to the California State University system as well as to CSUN. He has served as department chair for more than 14 years, which has contributed to his knowledge of university, faculty, and student issues. He has served continuously on the CSUN Faculty Senate since 1994, and during most of those years has been elected to its Executive Committee. He has further served eight years on the CSU statewide Academic Senate, and served on several statewide committees. His involvement and contributions at the campus and statewide levels have included projects around community college transfer credit, academic technology, general education, and accreditation.
Throughout his career, Professor Stepanek has demonstrated in his extensive faculty governance activities an ability to represent the diverse faculty on campus and in the system. In addition to his many contributions on our campus, his work with the CSU Academic Senate and other systemwide activities has afforded him insight into system level and statewide issues. He has served on the organizing committees of several events which brought together leaders from throughout the CSU system to discuss and seek solutions to challenges facing the CSU. As a CSU Academic Senator, he has served on both the Academic Affairs and the Academic Preparation and Education Program (APEP) standing committees, chaired APEP for one year, and holds the position of co-chair of the CSU Admissions Advisory Council. Such experience, knowledge, and proven collaboration will certainly serve him well as Faculty Trustee.
The CSU Faculty Trustee fills a crucial role on the CSU Board because that person represents a vital constituency of the CSU - the faculty who are directly responsible for the scholarship, research and teaching that advances the central mission of the university. Yet the formal responsibility of this appointment also requires an ability to consider what is best for all constituencies in the CSU. Professor Stepanek's record demonstrates that he can achieve this vital balance.
Please join me in wishing Steven well as he assumes these new and important responsibilities, and in thanking him for helping to make CSUN shine. I hope it has not escaped your notice that CSUN now has two trustees on the CSU Board of Trustees. Steven joins the newest Student Trustee, our own Talar Alexanian.
Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.