To the CSUN Campus Community:
am writing to let you know that Vice President Judy C. Knudson has
announced her decision to retire at the end of this academic year,
effective June 1, 2006.
Ms. Knudson accepted the appointment of Vice President for University
Advancement, she made known to me at the outset that her goal was
to serve in the position for five years before retiring. So while
I am grateful that Vice President Knudson surpassed all my expectations
during her appointment, I nevertheless am dismayed by how quickly
five years have passed!
to Vice President Knudson’s efforts, Cal State Northridge
has moved decisively to create a stronger identity and presence
in the community. She has strengthened the university’s relations
with the community and helped define CSUN as an outstanding higher
education institution that is committed to the region and indispensable
to the San Fernando Valley.
clearest measure of Vice President Knudson’s success, however,
is the growth in fundraising that the university has experienced
under her leadership. This accomplishment represents one of the
most remarkable fundraising turnarounds and successes in the California
State University. Cal State Northridge now ranks in the top tier
of fundraising campuses in the system, which is notable given that
just a few years prior to her arrival, CSUN placed in the bottom
tier. I fully credit Ms. Knudson’s leadership, hard work,
and good counsel for this amazing accomplishment, which she achieved
while demonstrating commitment and respect for the traditions and
strengths of our institution and its faculty, students and staff.
She recognized at the very beginning of her tenure that the people
who contribute to the success of the institution were the key to
promoting the university and advancing its academic mission.
response to Ms. Knudson’s announcement, I will initiate shortly
a search for an Interim Vice President for University Advancement
that will be conducted during the spring. I expect the interim appointment
to serve for about a year while a search for the permanent appointment
also am pleased to report that Ms. Knudson will remain very active
with the university after she steps down. While the interim appointee
is in place, she has agreed to provide continued leadership to the
Imagine the Arts campaign, Cal State Northridge’s first capital
initiative that was established to build the new Valley Performing
Arts Center on campus. I am delighted she will serve the campus
in this capacity. This arrangement will ensure continuity for an
important university initiative that Ms. Knudson helped to establish.
am deeply grateful for the outstanding service Ms. Knudson has given
our campus. During the past several years, I have greatly valued
her leadership, advice and counsel, and her wit and sense of humor
have made her a wonderful colleague. She will be greatly missed
by her counterparts on the President’s Cabinet, by her staff,
and by the many friends she has made on campus and in the community.
For these reasons, I hope all of you will join me in wishing her
well and in expressing appreciation for her efforts.
California State University, Northridge
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