HSU presidential selection forum to be held

Public invited to share input on search criteria

Humboldt State University President Lisa Rossbacher, who is set to retire in the summer. (Times-Standard file photo)

The committee responsible for selecting Humboldt State University’s next president will hold their first public forum on Feb. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room on campus. California State University spokesperson Mike Uhlenkamp said that although they have already put feelers out there, the hiring process is still in its early stages.

“This is an opportunity for anyone who has an interest in sharing their opinion on what knowledge, skills and experience the next HSU president should bring to the table,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for people to weigh in and share that with the people who are going to make the decision on this.”

The forum will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend, allowing for remote input as well, Uhlenkamp said. According to a CSU statement, residents can park in the north parking lot of the D Street Neighborhood Center at 1301 D St. from 12:30-3:30 p.m. where they can catch a shuttle to the Kate Buchanan Room.

“If you’re a member of the greater community, by all means try to attend this meeting,” Uhlenkamp said.

A CSU Trustees committee, along with an advisory committee has been assembled for the search and hiring process. The Trustees’ Committee will be chaired by CSU Trustee Peter J. Taylor, and includes other members such as CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. The Advisory Committee incorporates a mix of about ten various campus and community members such as Cheryl L. Johnson, executive director of HSU’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as Karuk Tribe Chairman Russell “Buster” Attebery. Uhlenkamp said the two committees will work in tandem with one another during the hiring process.

According to the CSU statement, HSU President Lisa Rossbacher is set to retire in June.

In a statement announcing her retirement, Rossbacher said, “The next president of HSU will have the opportunity to impact the future of this institution through strategic investment of resources based on a balanced budget and continued enrollment stabilization.”

Until then, Rossbacher said she plans to focus on “ongoing initiatives related to student success, strengthening a welcoming and supportive community for HSU’s growing diversity, achieving a balanced budget, and addressing the recommendations from our recent review by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.”

Uhlenkamp said he couldn’t provide a definitive timeline as to when the CSU would hire her replacement by.

“We want someone in place by this summer … so there’s a seamless transition,” he said.  “But you never can predict these things … they’re dynamic searches. “

To provide input to the committees, people can visit www.presidentsearch.humboldt.edu, where a feedback form link can be found on the right hand column. For more information about the shuttle, call 707-826-3311.

Philip Santos can be reached at 707-441-0506.

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