Statement from CSUEU President Catherine Hutchinson: What CSUEU members seek in the next CSU Chancellor First and foremost, the next administrator to lead the nation’s largest public university system should recognize that they have a fundamental duty to protect the safety and promote the well-being of students and staff. As the University’s core constituents, students and staff have a right to study and work in a safe campus environment. Period. Other qualities we seek in the next Chancellor are: Ear to the Ground As front line staff, we see every day how campus operating problems undermine the mission of the CSU. We see staff turnover (13% in latest report) which negatively impacts the programs and services we provide students whose educational journey be delayed. We need a chancellor who either has experience in Higher Ed or who knows how to build a team to get good intel from the ground. Listening tours are cute, but a successful organization has a structure to collect and channel constructive feedback to connect “Leaders” with “Constituents.” With 23 campuses, the sheer size of the University requires a clear system where problems can be reported, analyzed and resolved efficiently and expeditiously. Coalition-Building We need a Chancellor who is willing and interested in building relationships with key CSU stakeholders – namely the unions on campus representing 50,000 employees (CSUEU, CFA, Teamsters, APC, etc.) and students. This requires commitment and patience as we won't be in 100% agreement all the time. It takes teamwork to make the dream work! Vision The Chancellor needs to create a shared vision of how the CSU moves in a climate of shifting demographics and revolutionary technology. As the largest public university system in the country, it has a storied reputation but an unclear path forward. Our Union believes in - and works to promote – the vision that the CSU should serve our communities by providing educational opportunities to the working class and “First Gen” college students. The workforce that powers the institution comes directly from the communities that house the campuses. With proper investment, campuses and communities rise together and uplift each other. Strategy Vision implementation requires strategy. Will the new Chancellor be able to develop a strategy to execute a shared public vision? The Governor and the Legislature provide the financial support to make CSU's public mission an operational reality. We have already gone too far down the path of 'taxing' students with fees and tuition in apparent rejection of what the California Master Plan stood for. Any bold strategy may require hard choices, but the status quo of quibbling inside a fixed funding base is not working very well and may result in epic mission failure. Lastly, we seek a Chancellor who believes in the potential of every single student and worker at the CSU, an executive who leads with integrity, and a leader willing to marshal the University’s massive resources to lift up the next generation of California’s workers and leaders.