Dear Alumni and Friends:
In early 2006 I came to Cal State Long Beach aware of its outstanding reputation for academic excellence. I found very engaged students focused on academic achievement along with a faculty and staff fully dedicated to our students’ success. During this time Cal State Long Beach has become a national model of how a state university should run. During the last seven years we have experienced increasing national accolades for our university, consistently named among the nation’s best comprehensive master’s universities. Particularly gratifying to me is that CSULB is also consistently recognized as one of the most accessible and affordable universities in the U.S., while also providing highly valued degrees in over 100 fields of undergraduate and graduate study. This is perhaps the reason why the campus is one of the most sought after universities in the nation. Again, it is the faculty and staff who are to be commended most for each of these outstanding recognitions and for tirelessly reaching out to guarantee an outstanding collegiate experience as well as a promising future to our students.
I am and will always be deeply proud of our university and everything that has been accomplished.
This summer I will be leaving Cal State Long Beach, but not before celebrating our nearly 9,000 graduates’ accomplishments during commencement. I will be departing to take on new challenges as the president of the Louisiana State University.
During my tenure at CSULB I spent a great deal of time working with our elected representatives in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the nation’s public university students. Despite leaving CSULB, I want you to know that I will continue this important work and whether I’m in Louisiana or Washington, D.C., I will continue to fight for these same values. These values and the national policies that advance them will benefit public university students throughout America regardless of state or location. So in many ways I’m not done fighting for this great campus and our students!
I am confident Cal State Long Beach will continue on its upward climb in recognition and support. I know that to graduate from this university will continue to represent success, promise and academic accomplishment.
Thank you for your support over these past years.
F. King Alexander