Scope and Content
Title: California State University Executive Council Meeting Minutes,
Collection Number: CSU 004
Executive Council of the California State University
12 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
Minutes, agendas and related materials of the Executive Council of the CSU (1980-1994) and its predecessor Councils: the
Chancellor’s Council of State College Presidents (1962-1979) and the State College President’s Council (1940-1961). The Executive
Council and its predecessors has always consisted of the Presidents of the various CSU campus.’ When the Master Plan for State
Education was created in 1961, the Council was chaired by the Chancellor.
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 Executive Council Meeting Minutes, 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.
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- ).
Scope and Content
The Executive Council is composed of the Chancellor, the CSU Presidents and others. Advisory in nature, the Council addresses
matters of system-wide importance. While the council has changed names throughout its presence in the CSU System and during
the pre-System era, its functions have generally remained the same.
Minutes, agendas and related materials of the Executive Council of the CSU (1980-1994) and its predecessor Councils: the Chancellor’s
Council of State College Presidents (1962-1979) and the State College President’s Council (1940-1961). The Executive Council
and its predecessors has always consisted of the Presidents of the various CSU campuses. When the Master Plan for State Education
was created in 1961, the Council was chaired by the Chancellor.
California State University
California State University. Office of the Chancellor
California State University Reports Collection, California State University Chancellor's Office Collection