CSU Announces Four Finalists for Northridge Presidency
Cal State Trustees Poised to Make Final Selection at Mid-November Meeting
Four candidates to become the new president of Cal State Northridge-three university provosts and an external relations vice president-will visit the campus this week for interviews and open public forums, officials announced last week.
California State University Board of Trustees member Laurence Gould said the board is scheduled to select a new president for CSUN at its upcoming meeting, set to run from Monday to Wednesday, Nov. 15-17.
The four candidates and their campus visit days (in order of arrival) are:
- Monday, Nov. 8: Antoine Garibaldi, (top left) provost and chief academic officer, and professor of education, at Howard University.
Tuesday, Nov. 9: Jolene Koester, (second from left) provost and vice president for academic affairs, and professor of communication studies, at CSU Sacramento.
- Wednesday, Nov. 10: Gretchen Bataille, (second from right)provost and academic vice president, and professor of English, at Washington State University.
- Thursday, Nov. 11: Jane Pisano, (top right)senior vice president for external relations, and former dean of the School of Public Administration, at the University of Southern California.
During the campus visits, each candidate, as part of the search process, will have a daylong series of private meetings and interviews with different individuals and groups, including administrators, faculty and students.
For public events, each candidate also will hold a public forum on their day from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the campus Performing Arts Center. Then, the university will host a public reception for the candidate each day from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the University Club.
The Chancellor's Office news release on the candidates' selection, and photographs and biographies of the four, are online at the Chancellor's Office web site at www.calstate.edu/
The full resumes of the candidates are available for review by members of the campus community in the president's office, the offices of all vice presidents and college deans, and the offices of Associated Students, the faculty president and the public relations office.
"The selection committee has worked very hard over the past several months to choose from many outstanding individuals," said Gould, who is chair of the selection committee. "These finalists have various experiences and areas of expertise. But all of them are well-prepared to lead CSU Northridge through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."
The search committee was organized in June, and national advertisements were placed during the summer. About 100 candidates in all were involved in the selection process.
The following are brief background summaries of the four candidates:
- Garibaldi has served in his current position since 1996. Prior to that he was vice president for academic affairs at Xavier University of Louisiana. He also was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, chair of education and a member of the faculty at Xavier from 1982 to 1991. He earned a B.A. in sociology at Howard and a Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Minnesota.
- Koester has served in her present position since 1996. Prior to that she served as vice president and in other executive positions in the academic affairs office at CSU Sacramento since 1989, and on the faculty there since 1983. She earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in speech communications from Minnesota.
- Bataille has served in her current position since 1997. Prior to that she was provost of the College of Letters and Science at UC Santa Barbara and associate dean of academic personnel of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. She earned a B.S. in English and an M.A. in education from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a D.A. in English from Drake University.
- Pisano has served in her current position since 1998, and had been a vice president and dean at USC since 1991. She also was president of the Los Angeles 2000 Committee and the 2000 Partnership, and director of Olympic Programs and Corporate Administration for the Times Mirror Company. She earned a B.A. at Stanford and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins.