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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 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.

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