Scope and Content
Title: California State University Board of Trustees Minutes and Agendas,
Collection Number: CSU 039
California State University -- Board of Trustees
24 linear ft
California State University Historical Archives
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3013
Main minutes and/or agenda packets of meetings of the California State University Board of Trustees (1960-present).
Language: Collection material is in English
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives
and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical
materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
[Title of item], California State University Board of Trustees Minutes and Agendas, Courtesy of the Department of Archives
and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Materials in this collection were transferred by the Chancellor’s Office, California State University and collected by archives
staff. It is a growing collection.
Originally processed in 1998 by Trinity Donias; machine-readable finding aid created by James Ryan. Re-processed during 2004-2006
CSU System-wide Archives Processing Project.
The California State University System, formally established in 1960 by the Donahoe Higher Education Act. It is the nation’s
largest university system, with 23 campuses and seven off-campus centers, more than 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and
staff. The CSU is one of three public higher education systems in the state of California (the others are the University of
California and the California Community College System). Since 1961 more than 2 million alumni have received a bachelor's,
master's, and doctoral (Ph.D. and Ed.D) degrees from the university system. It offers more than 1,800 degree programs in some
Today's California State University system is the direct descendant of the California State Normal School (now, San Jose State
University) established by the California Legislature on May 2, 1862. By 1895 there were four State Normal schools. In 1921,
the schools were re-named the State Teacher’s Schools. In 1935 the colleges were re-named the California State Colleges and
were run by the State Department of Education. With the master plan created along with the Donohue Act, the California State
Colleges were placed under control of the CSC Board of Trustees. In 1972 the system was renamed the California State Colleges
and Universities. The term "Colleges" was dropped in 1982.
Responsibility for the California State University is vested in the Board of Trustees, whose members are appointed by the
Governor of the State of California. The Trustees appoint the Chancellor, who is the chief executive officer of the system,
and the Presidents, who are the chief executive officers of their respective campuses. The Academic Senate of the California
State University, made up of elected representatives of the faculty from each campus, recommends academic policy to the Board
of Trustees through the Chancellor. Chancellors of the system include Buell Gallagher (1961-1962); Glenn S. Dumke (1962-1982);
W. Ann Reynolds (1982-1990); Ellis E. McCune [Acting] (1990-1991); Barry Munitz (1991-1998); Charles B. Reed (1998- ).
In adopting the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960, the State Legislature established the Board of Trustees of the California
State College (designated "The California University" on January 1, 1982) to "succeed to the powers, duties and functions
with respect to the management, administration, and control of the State Colleges." Prior to this, the State Board of Education
had jurisdiction over separate colleges. The Board of Trustees governs the California State University system by: "Developing
broad administrative policy for the campus; Providing broad direction and coordination to campus curricular development; Overseeing
the efficient management of funds, property facilities, and investments by the system and the campuses; Appointing the Chancellor
and the Vice Chancellors for the system, and the Presidents for the campuses as chief executives with certain delegated responsibilities;
Communicating to the people of California an understanding and appreciation of the current effectiveness and the future needs
of the California State University."
Under present California Law there are twenty-four voting Trustees. The Donahoe Act -which grew out of the recommendations
contained in A Master Plan for Higher Education in California, 1960 -1975 -was added to the California Education Code as Division
16.5. Along with Division 18 of the Code, it defines the composition, appointments, terms, powers, and functions of the Board
Scope and Content
Main minutes and/or agenda packets of meetings of the California State University Board of Trustees (1960-present). Packets
generally include minutes, agendas, attachments, briefs of meetings, Standing committees on the Board include Audit; Campus
Planning, Buildings, and Grounds; Collective Bargaining; Educational Policy; Finance; Governmental Relations; Institutional
Advancement; Organization and Rules; and University and Faculty Personnel. The CSU has a Committees Collection that generally
duplicates materials in this Collection. Microfiche of materials (1960-1985) available.
College trustees -- California
California State University
California State University. Board of Trustees
CSU Board of Trustee Committees Collection