Photo of President Conoley at Commencement

President’s Message

President Jane Close Conoley celebrates her first year at CSULB.

It’s been nearly a year since I became president of CSULB and I’ve experienced many inspiring “firsts”: my first Convocation, my first Alternative Spring Break and my first Commencement, where we conferred almost 10,000 degrees, to name just a few.

The word that comes to mind to describe my first year is gratitude.

I’m grateful for the dedication and good will Beach students, staff, and faculty bring to our university each day. The scope of their accomplishments is impressive, and the work they do makes a difference not only on campus but also in our communities and for our state, nation, and world.

We are fortunate to have a mayor and state legislators who understand the value of public education, and local community leaders who love and promote The Beach. Our 300,000 alumni are fundamental to our success; their support keeps us vital and strong. They are the best evidence of our excellence.

And our donors — many of whom are also alumni — are amazing. We’re nearing our DECLARE campaign’s $225 million goal because so many believe in us.

Thank you all for being part of our Beach family!

I hope you enjoy this issue of Beach Magazine. As you read the stories I think you will understand my gratitude and enthusiasm for our great university.

Stay connected. Get involved. Go Beach!

Jane's Signature
Jane Close Conoley

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