California State University, Monterey Bay — President

The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees invites nominations and applications for the position of President of California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), a growing, vision-driven, comprehensive state university with an intentional culture of educational innovation and a commitment to its role as a regional steward.

California State University, Monterey Bay
Empowered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, CSUMB, as an institution, transforms students’ lives through a focus on student success and engagement in its regional community. CSUMB is a comprehensive, mid-sized, four-year university of 7,500 students and has earned designation as both a Minority-Serving Institution and a Hispanic-Serving Institution. 56% of students live on campus, creating a vibrant campus environment, making CSUMB the most residential university in the CSU system. CSUMB currently has 194 tenure-line faculty and 298 Lecturers, an alumni base of 24,000, and a current annual operating budget of $123 million. While CSUMB serves students from across California and beyond, 41% of the University’s undergraduates come from Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties. Given the University’s commitment to the success of every student, the faculty, staff, and administration have successfully increased student retention and completion in comparison to the rest of the CSU. The campus community prides itself on making world-class higher education accessible to traditionally underserved, first-generation, and low-income populations.

CSUMB’s Founding Vision Statement guides the development of the University, which is envisioned as a comprehensive public university that values service through high-quality education. The Founding Vision Statement emphasizes service to the diverse people of California, especially the working class, historically undereducated and low-income populations. The statement further articulates a substantive commitment to multilingual, multicultural, gender-equitable learning. The ethos includes a culture of innovation in its overall conceptual design and organization in service to the economy of the state, the wellbeing of regional communities, and the quality of life and development of its students, faculty, and service areas.

Through this initial vision, CSUMB has striven to become a model pluralistic academic community where everyone learns and teaches one another in an atmosphere of mutual respect and pursuit of excellence with a faculty and staff motivated to excel in their respective fields as well as to contribute to the broadly defined university environment. CSUMB’s graduates develop an understanding of regional interdependence and global competence, distinctive technical and educational skills, transformative experiences and abilities to contribute to California’s high-quality workforce, critical thinking abilities to be productive citizens, and a focus on social responsibility championed with skills to be community builders. Through their efforts, university students and personnel, analytically and creatively, strive to meet critical state and regional needs, and to provide California with responsible and creative leadership. 

Monterey Bay and the Campus
Monterey Bay is on the central coast of California, just two hours south of San Francisco. The bay itself is one of the largest marine protected preserves in the world and home to whales, deep sea anglerfish, and the sea otter, CSUMB’s mascot. The CSUMB campus is close to pristine beaches, oak forests, tidepools, and the Fort Ord National Monument. Monterey has ideal weather: Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 44°F to 68°F and is rarely below 37°F or above 77°F.

The campus sits halfway between the Monterey Peninsula, which features the coastal communities of Carmel, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Marina, and Seaside, and the Salinas Valley, known as the “Salad Bowl of the World” for its abundant agricultural production. The city of Salinas is the county seat and served as the setting for many of John Steinbeck’s novels.

The campus straddles the cities of Seaside and Marina, which are small, diverse communities where many students live and work. The history of the former military base is evident across the CSUMB campus. For example, the building housing the Visual and Public Art Department has made a studio and gallery space out of previously existing motor pool buildings.

In addition to CSUMB’s main campus, the University maintains a presence in Salinas and Monterey, providing instruction and community outreach through facilities in North Salinas, downtown Salinas and the Ryan Ranch development in Monterey.

Position Summary
The President is appointed by the CSU Board of Trustees and serves as the University’s chief executive officer responsible for setting the vision, strategy, and related institutional goals and objectives. The President oversees the University’s administration and operations, and implements the policies and procedures adopted by the CSU system. The President, with their strong leadership team, will focus on achieving the University’s core mission to prepare students to contribute responsibly to California and the global community by providing transformative learning experiences in an inclusive environment. 

CSUMB’s next president will be an exceptional leader who will foster collaborative and effective relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, business and community partners, legislative leaders, and other campus stakeholders. In doing so, the President will actively engage with campus colleagues and the community to spearhead the University’s efforts in setting an ambitious trajectory for CSUMB’s future. 

Leading candidates for the CSUMB Presidency will be visionary and inspirational leaders who possess the passion and determination to lead CSUMB toward achieving greater levels of excellence. This leader will require a personal commitment to the mission, values, and culture of the University and an appreciation for the Central Coast community, and the rest of California, the University serves. 

CSUMB seeks a President with exceptional communication and leadership skills coupled with the ability to develop highly effective teams and foster a culture of innovation and collegiality. The next President will exemplify superb oral and written communication skills that address and speak directly to the dynamic context of the 21st century. The next president will possess a record of success driving a complex and dynamic organization that embraces excellence, community engagement, collaboration and creative problem solving. 

Although a doctoral degree and exceptional academic and administrative experience are highly preferred, the CSU Board of Trustees is open to candidates who have achieved noteworthy success in their respective fields outside higher education to apply. These candidates must have demonstrated experience and a track-record of success working in a complex organization where success is achieved in partnership and collaboration rather than solely through direct authority. 

Application / Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Nomination letters should include the name and contact information of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Emy Cruz, Partner
Sal Venegas Jr., Principal
Refer to code “CSUMB-President” in the subject line

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California State University, Monterey Bay is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.