August 26, 2002 Vol. VII, No. 1

Former CSU Exec Named Interim Chief of Staff

President Jolene Koester has announced the appointment of Chuck Lindahl, associate vice chancellor emeritus of the California State University system, as CSUN's interim chief of staff effective Monday, August 19.

As a former member of the CSU's senior leadership team, Lindahl is very knowledgeable about the CSU and its campuses. He has more than 40 years experience in higher education, including 37 years in the CSU system and 29 years in the Chancellor's Office.

Prior to moving to the Chancellor's Office in 1972, Lindahl worked at the Cal State Northridge campus from 1964 to 1972 as assistant dean of students and later as dean of admissions and records.

His service in the Chancellor's Office includes appointments as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs from 1993­1996 and 1998­2001, and two years service as interim senior vice chancellor of academic affairs from 1996­1998.

At his retirement in 2001, Lindahl was named CSU associate vice chancellor emeritus. Since leaving the CSU, he has remained active in higher education and the CSU system doing special projects. Lindahl received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Emporia State University in Kansas and his Ed.D. from UCLA.

The university meanwhile will continue its search for a permanent chief of staff. The position opened during the summer when the president's first chief of staff, Alden Reimonenq, moved to a new assignment as interim dean of the College of Humanities effective August 21.

HHD College Creates New Departments

Three new academic departments have been created in the College of Health and Human Development‹environmental and occupational health, child and adolescent development and physical therapy.

Child and adolescent development was originally an interdisciplinary program within the college, while environmental and occupational health and physical therapy were programs within the Department of Health Sciences.

"The three programs have become separate departments because they have shown consistent student growth and continue to meet the high academic standards of their accrediting bodies," said Dean Helen Castillo of the College of Health and Human Development.

Castillo said the creation of the new departments provides a separate identity for students as they enroll and will provide faculty and staff with a different level of professional autonomy within the college "that is essential to their professional identity and that of future graduates."

Castillo said faculty members within each new department are leaders in their fields. "They now have an opportunity to shine within their own departments and at a regional and national level in their areas of expertise," she said.

The chair of the new Department of Child and Adolescent Development is Joyce Munsch. The chair of the new Department of Environmental and Occupational Health is Peter Bellin. The chair of the new Department of Physical Therapy is Janet Adams.

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