Dear CalSouthern Community,
It is hard to believe that my first anniversary as California Southern University president is rapidly approaching. The past year has been filled with building teams, brainstorming with colleagues, and making friends. Together, we have built new collaborative systems and structures that align us with the expectation of WASC accreditation.
2021 is off to a positive start. We have a fully functioning board of directors with newly established committees to help the University move toward excellence. Our faculty senate is also engaging with University governance by providing brilliant recommendations, and our learners have established the CalSouthern Student Advisory Council (C-SAC) for greater communication and involvement. The administration operates through the President’s Executive Council and the Budget Development and Resource Planning Council (BDRPC). These councils act as core participatory governance councils to ensure cross-departmental communication and equity in resource allocation.
We are also proud to say that our second climate survey showed resounding improvements. There is still work to do, but the future is bright and exciting. As we prepare for our coming accreditation re-affirmation, significant advancements have made us well-positioned for success.
In a year that provided many challenges, I move forward in 2021 promoting transparency, collaboration, and participation. At the heart of my expectations lies continued equity – in all areas of the University. Continued equity in hiring, growth, upward mobility, and other opportunities.
I am excited to say that there are a few significant projects under consideration and proof of concept. I will let the CalSouthern Community know the details when we decide to move forward. These potential advances will assuredly move CalSouthern into a new era of significant success.
The future of CalSouthern is bright. Our team is strong and talented. We enjoy the collective synergism between departments that leads to better decision-making. I have enjoyed my first year as president and I look forward to many more years to come.
Stay well and healthy!
Glenn R. Roquemore, PhD
President, California Southern University