October 2, 2001
Response to the President's Charge to Intercollegiate Athletics
On June 22, 2001, President Jolene Koester charged the Athletics
Department with the task of preparing a three-year plan that would
address three major criteria that can be used to measure the future
success of the program. The three stated criteria characterize an
athletics program that would: be broad-based and meet standards for
participation, budget, and scholarships as agreed to in the Cal-NOW
consent decree; provide opportunities for a successful and safe
educational environment; and be financially sound and stable. On October
1, Mr. Richard Dull, Athletics Director, submitted a report that
includes analysis of the status of CSUN athletics, a consideration of
alternative scenarios that propose ways to meet the president's charge,
and a final recommendation. In this recommendation, Mr. Dull concludes
that discontinuing football and not adding any new sports fulfills the
president's charge best.
President Koester has forwarded the report for consideration to
community groups and to the President's Advisory Board on
Intercollegiate Athletics, chaired by Professor William Jennings. The
report is also being shared broadly with faculty, staff, and students,
and the president is seeking comments and suggestions. Those interested
in reviewing the report may download it at
http://www.csun.edu/~hfpre001/athletics.html. A link is also available
at the web site for sending the president comments and feedback.
President Koester said she will make a final decision before the
Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Interim Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Appointed
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Louanne Kennedy
announced Dr. Stella Theodoulou's appointment as interim dean of the
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Theodoulou began her
appointment on August 27.
Dr. Theodoulou joined the Department of Political Science in 1984 after
earning her Ph.D. from Tulane University and was appointed chair of the
department in 1997. Her teaching and scholarship activities encompass
public opinion, social policy, and policy analysis and evaluation. She
is also an international expert on AIDS policies. She has authored five
books, including the forthcoming Policy and Politics in Six Nations: A
Comparative Perspective on Policy Making.
Congratulations to Dr. Theodoulou on this new appointment.
California State University, Northridge