Message from President Sakaki
August 15, 2016
Greetings! I am very honored and excited to be here at Sonoma State. I will be spending much of the Fall semester visiting, listening, and learning from all of you. I appreciate all of the hard work that is being done across the campus by faculty and staff to get ready for our students and the opening of the new school year. We will be welcoming one of the largest classes of new freshmen and transfer students to campus next week.
I want to take this opportunity to update you on a number of leadership changes at Sonoma State. I have carefully assembled an interim world-class team of seasoned university administrators who are collaborative and committed to student success and the academic mission of a public university.
As previously announced, Dr. Jeri Echeverria is serving as Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Most recently she was Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer for The California State University. Prior to working at the Chancellor’s Office, she spent more than 20 years as a history professor and academic administrator at Fresno State. During her years there, she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Provost, Associate Dean of Social Sciences, and Chair of the History Department.
Second, I want to share some news about Larry Furukawa-Schlereth, Vice President of Administration and Finance and Co-Executive Director of the Green Music Center. Larry has decided to retire. He will be assisting Executive Vice Chancellor Relyea at the Chancellor’s Office for the next three months before officially retiring from the CSU. Please join me in thanking Larry for his 25 years of service to Sonoma State and the CSU.
I have appointed Stan Nosek to serve as Interim Vice President of Administration and Finance. Stan has had a distinguished career in university administration. He was the Vice Chancellor of Administration at UC Davis and after that served as the Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Please join me in welcoming Stan to our campus.
Third, John Welty, President Emeritus at Fresno State will be serving as Special Advisor to the President on a part-time basis. Dr. Welty will be assisting me with the Green Music Center and will help me examine ways in which our campus can be organized to achieve greater efficiencies and effectiveness. He is an American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) – Penson Center for Professional Development consultant and co-leads the AASCU-Penson Academy for New CSU Provosts.
Fourth, on August 22, three new administrators will be joining our campus: Dr. Michael Young as Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Peter Smits as Interim Vice President of Advancement and Mr. Bill Kidder as Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff. Dr. Young served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UC Santa Barbara for over 25 years. Dr. Smits’ career spans more than 35 years in Advancement and Development at Fresno State, Chico State, and now with Phoenix Consulting. Mr. Kidder, J.D., served most recently as Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief Compliance Officer and also Assistant Provost at UC Riverside.
I am honored that all of these former colleagues of mine are assembling here at Sonoma State to work with us. Mr. Kidder’s appointment is permanent, but all other appointments are interim. It is important to note that all of the interim administrative appointees are experts in their respective fields who retired after illustrious careers. They have agreed to come to Sonoma State to serve and lead as we review our structure and functioning. We will have open recruitments and none of the interim appointees will be applicants for permanent positions. Additionally, Matthew Lopez-Phillips will continue in Student Affairs as Associate Vice President and Dan Condron will continue as Vice President for University Affairs.
Thank you for your dedication to students and the University. Please join Interim Provost Jeri Echeverria, Chair of the Faculty Ben Ford, Associated Students President Emily Hinton, myself and others at next Monday’s Convocation as we open what portends to be an exciting new year for students, faculty, staff, and the entire campus community.
Judy K. Sakaki, Ph.D.
CSU Faculty Contract Negotiations
The Factfinding Report regarding the current CSU Faculty Contract negotiation was released to the public today and supports the CFA position.
Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2016