California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White on Humboldt State University's campus with current HSU President Lisa Rossbacher before their meeting on Oct. 9, 2018. | Photo courtesy of Humboldt State University

HSU president search update

CSU Chancellor Timothy White sends update regarding ongoing HSU president search

CSU Chancellor Timothy White sends update regarding ongoing HSU president search

A message containing an update for the Humboldt State University President search was sent campus wide today. According to CSU Chancellor Timothy White the eighth HSU president will be announced May 22, 2019. This will be in between the end of the spring semester and beginning of summer session classes when no students will be on campus.

The last update from the administration was when they held an open forum for the first meeting of the Trustee’s Committee for the selection of the president on February 4, 2019. The Lumberjack has been unable to speak with Lisa Rossbacher on her departure as of yet.

Rossbacher will retire at the end of June after a controversial five-year run as HSU president. Under her presidency HSU lost their football team, the Third Street Art Gallery, the community radio station KHSU and not to mention what many observed as a lack of responsiveness for the April 15, 2017 fatal stabbing of HSU criminal justice major, David Josiah Lawson.

According to the press release the search is “on track” and there has been interest to fill the position of HSU president across the country. Finalists will be chosen and ultimately interviewed by the full Board of Trustees.


The press release is as follows:

Sent on behalf of the CSU Office of the Chancellor:

The search for the next Humboldt State University president is on track. From a sizeable group of candidates that included interest from across the country, the search committee has culled the pool to a handful of semifinalists.

From that group, finalists will be interviewed by the full Board of Trustees. We are on schedule to announce the eighth HSU president on May 22, 2019.

A growing and thriving HSU is key to the prosperity of the North Coast community. It provides transformational educational opportunities and generates a substantial economic impact for the region.

Thank you to everyone who attended the forum on campus or who has shared input about the knowledge, skills or experience requisite of the next campus president. Your feedback has been invaluable as we work diligently to identify the next HSU president.

Timothy P. White

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  1. Anonymous Anonymous Monday, June 3, 2019

    A public university president @ $400K per year should be the figurehead model of academic excellence by holding an advanced degree in public administration, human resources, public finance or communication.

    Maybe next century?

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