June M. Cooper, former acting president of CSULB and retired executive vice chancellor of the California State University (CSU), passed away Jan. 10 at the age of 78.
CSULB benefited greatly from Cooper’s leadership. She joined the faculty of the Department of Communicative Disorders in 1966, and during the next 25 years at the university, Cooper served in a variety of assignments, including department chair, associate vice president for academic affairs-academic personnel, acting vice president for academic affairs, vice president for faculty and staff relations, vice president for student services, and acting president.
In 1991, Cooper moved to the Office of the Chancellor, where she held the position of vice chancellor for human resources and operations for the CSU system. She later served the CSU as executive vice chancellor/chief of staff.
Cooper also was very active in the local community. She served on the boards of directors for Volunteers of America, Long Beach Memorial Medical Health Services, American Heart Association, United Way Harbor Southeast Region, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, The National Conference, Long Beach Opera, Public Corporation for the Arts, American Cancer Society, Leadership Long Beach, Leadership California, Children’s Dental Foundation, Volunteer Center, Children’s Clinic, and the YMCA, Long Beach.