May 17, 1999 Vol. III, No. 16

Kopita Hired as Wichita State University Vice President

CSUN Administrator Due to Make Move to Kansas in August

Ron Kopita, Cal State Northridge's vice president for student affairs since 1992, (right) announced he will be leaving to become vice president for student affairs at Wichita State University in Kansas effective August 1.

Kopita, who had announced in February that he planned to leave his vice president job at CSUN, still plans to depart that post on June 5 after this year's commencement ceremonies. CSUN shortly plans to name an interim vice president to lead the Student Affairs Division.

"The nearly seven years I was here at Cal State Northridge were in large part rewarding. Obviously there were difficult times, but I feel absolutely positive about my tenure here," Kopita said. "Hopefully the legacy I've left is a division that has student success at its very core."

Kopita oversaw major changes in the Student Affairs Division, including the creation of the Presidential Scholarship Program for high-achieving students, the launch of Student Outreach and Recruitment Services and planning for a new Student Services building due to open this fall.

WSU President Don Beggs announced Kopita's hiring in Wichita. "I'm excited to have such a qualified and experienced professional lead our area of student affairs," Beggs said. "I'm confident that Dr. Kopita's experience with a diverse student body will help him to hit the ground running at Wichita State."

WSU, with a main campus and three centers, is the only metropolitan university in the Kansas Board of Regents' system. The 330-acre main campus is about three miles northeast of downtown Wichita, Kansas' largest city. WSU offers doctoral programs, 46 master's programs and 61 undergraduate programs.

-John Chandler

May 17, 1999

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