Triennial Presidential Review by CSU Board of Trustees Underway

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Every three years, presidents of California State Universities must undergo a triennial review by the CSU Board of Trustees. This year, it’s CSUN President Erika D. Beck’s turn for this regular evaluation.

Members of the university community are invited to offer comments that respond to specific criteria that include questions about a campus president’s general administration effectiveness, their working relations with the system and the campus and major achievements.

The following is the text of the letter issued by CSU Interim Chancellor Jolene Koester about the review, with a link to the criteria that will be addressed. Responses by letters or email are due to the Interim Chancellor’s office by April 21, 2023. Responses must be signed and petitions will not be accepted.

March 2023

Open Letter to the California State University, Northridge Community,

The CSU Board of Trustees has a policy requiring its presidents to be reviewed every three years. It is now time for the review of Dr. Erika D. Beck, president of California State University, Northridge.

This process is intended to provide feedback to the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor about the leadership of President Beck and the current state of affairs at CSU Northridge. It should also provide information that will further the university’s progress and assist President Beck in the leadership of CSU Northridge.

As is the policy of the board, a number of officers of the university and the chairs of its major constituencies, the Faculty Senate, the Alumni Association, the Associated Students, and the University Advisory Board are being contacted for their comments with respect to specific criteria, which are cited below. A sampling of faculty, administrators/managers, staff, students, and community is also being invited to submit individual comments.

It is CSU policy to inform the university community of the review and to allow anyone not selected on an ex-officio or random basis to submit comments that respond to the specific criteria. The criteria are attached and also posted on the CSU website. Those wishing to submit confidential letters should keep in mind that every effort should be made to address the criteria and that neither unsigned letters nor petitions will be accepted. Please submit letters or emails no later than April 21, 2023, addressed as follows:

Dr. Jolene Koester, Interim Chancellor
The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, California 90802-4210

The written responses will be summarized into a confidential report that will be discussed with Dr. Beck. The report will be presented to the Board of Trustees. None of the commentators will be identified by name, and responses will be treated in confidence to the extent permitted by the law.

Please keep in mind that this is intended to be a constructive process that should benefit the presidency and the university.


Jolene Koester

Interim Chancellor

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