September 22, 2003 Vol. VIII, No. 3

President Joins L.A. Area Chamber Board as Only CSU Rep

Koester One of Three University Presidents Serving on Prestigious Panel of Business, Community Leaders

Cal State Northridge President Jolene Koester has accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, becoming the board's only representative from the California State University system and one of only three university heads on the prestigious panel.

"I am honored to have been invited to join the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce," Koester said. "The appointment recognizes the important role Cal State Northridge plays in the region. The university has strong ties to the community, and our involvement with the chamber can only strengthen that relationship."

Founded in 1888, the nearly 1,400-member Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice of business in the region and provides an opportunity for its members to collaborate.

The chamber's 2003 board of directors is chaired by George D. Keiffer, a partner with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and includes UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale; USC President Steven B. Sample; Stephen I. Chazen, CFO & executive vice president for corporate development for Occidental Petroleum Corp.; Robert V. Graziano, president and COO of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Ron F. Wagley, president of Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Co., and David H. Wiggs, general manager of Los Angeles' Department of Water and Power.

President Koester's presence on the board represents the first time that Cal State Northridge as an entity will be a member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

With chamber membership, university employees gain access to member status, enjoying access to the chamber's many events and activities. The organization's annual calendar typically includes a wide range of informational forums and conferences, networking events and trade events.

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