While in many ways we at Cal State Monterey Bay celebrate our legacy as the former Fort Ord, there is one very visible aspect of that legacy that impedes our university’s progress.
Of course I am referring to the remaining military-related structures on CSUMB property. The abandoned buildings are both an eyesore and a potential safety hazard and they undermine the pride we all feel about our growing campus.
In creating a university from an abandoned military base, the first leaders of Cal State Monterey Bay did a remarkable job of repurposing former military facilities into usable space for the many activities of a campus community.
Anyone who follows the local news knows that development issues surrounding the former Fort Ord remain politically contentious.
Strong feelings on all sides of this issue are understandable; the land that makes up the former Fort Ord is a unique and priceless resource.
Unfortunately, ongoing debates over specific development proposals too often obscure the larger picture. As the major success story of Fort Ord reuse and the county’s four-year public university, Cal State Monterey Bay has a responsibility, I believe, to encourage a more long-range view.
College football is a cherished rite of fall for millions of sports fans - for better and for worse.
The games attract scores of fans and plenty of attention to the universities involved. Sometimes, however, the many controversies surrounding big-time college sports cast a shadow over the entire enterprise.
Since its founding, Cal State Monterey Bay has been focused on educating a diverse student body.
Given the diversity of the state we serve, that focus is both logical and right. If you look at our enrollment statistics or, better yet, walk around our campus once classes begin in the fall, you will see an educational community that is truly a microcosm of the greater society.
I am pleased to write to you today as the (no-longer-interim) president of Cal State Monterey Bay.
I greatly appreciate the positive comments I have received since the California State University Board of Trustees announced the decision Wednesday to appoint me CSUMB’s permanent president.
When I assumed the presidency on an interim basis in July 2012, I did so knowing that this university had the potential to be one of the truly outstanding campuses in the Cal State system. My positive initial impressions have only been reinforced with time.
When I came to Monterey County to assume the interim presidency of Cal State Monterey Bay last summer, it quickly became apparent to me that this is a community that cares very much about its children.
The school districts are focused on producing the best possible educational outcomes. Their efforts are augmented by a number of social service agencies and non-profits who are working every day to improve the outlook for our young people.
When I was working at the U.S. Department of Education, I had the opportunity to oversee the development of a commissioned report on the importance of civic learning in higher education and to co-author its foreword.