April 19, 1999 Vol. III, No. 14

Chancellor Names Provost Kennedy Interim CSUN President

Veteran Academic Affairs Administrator to Assume New Duties in June, Perhaps Serve One Year

California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed, during an April 8 campus visit, announced the appointment of Louanne Kennedy (left) as interim president of Cal State Northridge. Kennedy, provost and vice president for academic affairs since 1993, will assume her new duties in June.

"Louanne Kennedy has the leadership skills, experience and knowledge about Northridge to guide the university through this transition period," said Reed. "The campus is in good hands while we work with the faculty and students on campus to find the best president to lead CSUN in the future."

Kennedy is expected to serve as interim president for up to one year after CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson leaves campus this June to head an educational foundation. The search for a new president could take until December or early spring 2000, and the chosen candidate might not arrive until the summer of 2000.

Kennedy has held the administration's second-ranking position at CSUN, and been responsible for the campus in the past when the president has been away. Kennedy oversees the university's Academic Affairs Division, the largest of the campus' operating units with a nearly $90 million annual budget.

In that capacity, the provost guides all academic services at the university, including undergraduate programs, the University Library, CSUN's Ventura Campus, graduate studies and international student programs and institutional research.

"Cal State Northridge has been my home for the past six years. The faculty, staff and students are outstanding, and I am proud to have this opportunity to work closely with them all in the coming year," said Kennedy. "We are a campus that has accepted many challenges and accomplished much together. We will continue the direction already established by President Blenda Wilson."

Kennedy, a New York University graduate, came to CSUN from Kean College of New Jersey, where she was vice president for academic affairs from 1990 to 1993. Before that, she was associate provost at Baruch College in the City University of New York system from 1987 to 1990.

Kennedy succeeds Wilson, who after serving as CSUN president since 1992, announced last month that she would leave at the end of the spring semester to accept the position of president and chief operating officer of the Nellie Mae Foundation in Braintree, Mass. During his campus visit, the chancellor indicated he wants the university's next permanent president to decide on vice president selections. Thus to cover the transitional period, Wilson announced that Jim Sullivan, CSUN's interim vice president for administration and finance, will stay an extra year.

And, with Vice President for Student Affairs Ron Kopita already having announced that he plans to leave his post at the end of the spring semester, campus officials said an interim appointment to oversee that division likely would be forthcoming. n

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