Below is the text of a letter to the Cal State Northridge community from Chancellor Charles B. Reed, summarizing the results of President Jolene Koester's recent three-year performance review. A copy of the actual letter, signed by the Chancellor, may be obtained by contacting the President's Office
May 27, 2003
Open Letter to the California State University, Northridge, Community:
During the spring 2003 term, the first three-year review of Dr. Jolene Koester, President of California State University, Northridge (CSUN), was conducted.
Criteria established by the Board of Trustees in 1984, and updated in 1994 and 2001, were used to assess the performance of President Koester and the progress of the University. These measures included the overall management of the University, relations on campus and within the system, educational leadership, community relations, major achievements of the campus and the president, and personal characteristics of the president. Faculty, staff, students, and community representatives were invited to submit written comments responding to the trustees' criteria. These submissions were summarized in a report for the Board of Trustees.
The review concluded on May 13, 2003, with discussion of the review by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees and I appreciate the contributions of those who worked with us on this review.
Major Accomplishments of the Campus and the President:
The report demonstrates that Dr. Jolene Koester is organized, accessible, visible, and committed to California State University, Northridge. The current CSUN administrative team is effective and takes a cohesive approach to problem solving and planning. President Koester maintains informal contact with members of the campus community and this openness and friendly style is much appreciated.
Community relations in the San Fernando Valley are stronger than ever. Dr. Koester is very visible in the community through meetings and events. Community members describe Dr. Koester as a "whirlwind" of energy who constantly promotes CSUN. Fundraising is enjoying successes not attained or thought possible in the past. Media coverage is positive.
On the academic front, Dr. Koester and Provost Louanne Kennedy have advanced an agenda to improve time to graduation. Currently, President Koester and the Faculty President are facilitating discussion in the Academic Senate about the definition of shared governance.
President Koester and I have discussed the information collected in the review, and have agreed on the following goals for the next few years:
In conclusion, Dr. Jolene Koester is a very effective president for a very large urban university and accordingly the results of this periodic review are very positive. Dr. Koester has exhibited strong communication and leadership skills that benefit CSUN and the California State University system, and as such has much credibility with her presidential colleagues in the CSU system.
The next formal review of President Koester will be conducted in the 2005/06 academic year.
With kind regards,
Charles B. Reed
Posted May 2003