November 23, 1998 Vol. III, No. 7

CSUN Hires University Corp and Public Relations Directors

Filling two key administrative posts, Cal State Northridge has hired a new executive director for the University Corporation and a new university director of public relations and communications following extensive searches.

Thomas McCarron (right)-currently the chief financial officer for the Cal State University Institute in Long Beach, a systemwide entrepreneurial auxiliary-is due to start Jan. 4 as head of the University Corp. and the North Campus-University Park Development Corp.

Meanwhile, Larry Cox (left)-the state manager of public affairs for GTE California since 1989 and a former newspaper journalist-is scheduled Dec. 14 to assume leadership of the CSUN Public Relations Office. The five-person office handles university media relations and publications.

McCarron will replace Don Queen, who is now working part time as executive director emeritus of the University Corp., the campus auxiliary that oversees the bookstore and other commercial ventures. McCarron also will take on a new role heading up the separate North Campus auxiliary.

"I come in with a management philosophy that we are a team," said McCarron, a Long Beach resident. "I plan to assess the linkages between the corporation and the faculty and students here. I want to get a sense of what we're doing right and what we can improve upon."

McCarron, who graduated from CSUN in 1977 with an accounting degree, has worked as the CFO of the CSU Institute since early 1994, and also served during the same period as vice president and treasurer of the CSU Foundation. He has 20 years experience in accounting and finance.

Previously, McCarron was vice president of finance and corporate controller for CTL Environmental Services in Harbor City, the financial reporting and policy manager for TRW Inc.'s Defense Systems Group in Redondo Beach, and manager of profit planning for the Joy Manufacturing Co. in Los Angeles.

Cox, during the past decade at GTE California, worked as the company's primary spokesperson in California, writing speeches and opinion articles and dealing with local and national news media. He also served as media/crisis communications adviser to top GTE executives in California.

Earlier from 1979 to 1989, Cox held other news and public affairs positions with GTE California. In all, the Thousand Oaks resident arrives with more than 20 years experience in journalism and corporate public relations. He replaces Bruce Erickson, who left the campus last spring.

"I'm delighted to be joining the communications team at the university," Cox said. "I'm excited about working with the president, the administrative staff and others in helping shape a new image for CSUN" and in implementing a new marketing and communications program for the campus.

Previously, Cox worked as a sports information director at UC Riverside, a public information officer at the Arizona Department of Education, and a news and sports writer for several newspapers. Cox graduated from Arizona State University in 1973 with a degree in journalism/mass communication.

-John Chandler

November 23, 1998

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