Scope and Content
California State University Archives
Title: Forney, Eugene J. Division of Auxiliary and Business Services Collection
California State University. Auxiliary and Business Services
Forney, Eugene J.
California State University
Identifier/Call Number: CSU.029
3 record cartons, 16 archival boxes
Date (inclusive): 1960-1993
Abstract: Collected materials of Eugene J. Forney, Auxiliary and Business Services employee in the Office of the Chancellor in The California
State University (CSU), formerly named the California State Colleges and The California State University and Colleges. The
collection includes legislation related to the Board of Trustees purchasing authority over the course of Forney's career,
vendor contractual and purchasing documents, State and CSU regulations, processes and procedures related to legislation and
contracts and pruchases in the CSU, historical materials relating to the functions and work of the Auxiliary and Business
Services Division (ABS), professional development materials, and collected content about management and leadership. Also includes
meeting materials of the CSU Procurement and Support Services Officers (PSSO).
Language of Material:
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
The Eugene J. Forney Division of Auxiliary and Business Services Collection was donated to the California State University
Archives in 2008.
The physical order of Eugene Forney's materials has been retained where possible. This includes content collected in files,
notebooks, and binders. The collection has been organized into seven series:
Series 1. Correspondence,
Series 2. Meeting materials,
Series 3.Legsilation related to ABS, contracts, leases, purchasing authority documents,
Series 4. Auxiliary and Business Services Division function, organization, policies, and history,
Series 5. Occupationally related reference materials,
Series 6. Employement, employee review, and professional development, and
Series 7. Personal papers.
About Eugene J. Forney (1930- ). Eugene J. Forney was born on January 19, 1930 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Forney attended Loyola
University of Los Angeles, now Loyola Marymount University from 1953 to 1958 earning his BBA (Bachelor's of Business Administration)
in Industrial Relations. Previous to earning his degree, he served in the United States Air Force as a member of the Air Force
Band and was sent to Edwards Air Force Base in California. He also had duties managing the personnel office of the Base Chapel.
He was discharged as Staff Sergeant in August of 1953. Forney married his wife, Leora Louise Forney in 1954 and has eight
From 1954-1964, Forney worked in local industries, including as a Senior Buyer at United ElectroDynamic in Pomona, California
before his career in the Office of the Chancellor at The California State University. During his twenty-eight year career
in the Office of the Chancellor, Forney worked in the Division of Business and Auxiliary Services from April 1964 until his
retirement in December 1992. He progressed in his responsibilities and functions beginning as an Assistant Administrative
Analyst and departing as a Business Services Specialist. When Forney began at the California State University Office of the
Chancellor, the department was named the Business Affairs Auxiliary Operations Planning Division, later called the Division
of Business and Auxiliary Affairs. Currently, The Contract Services and Procurement Office (CSP) operates as the procurement
office within the Division of Business and Finance, and the Auxiliary Organizations Office operates separately from the Division.
After his retirement, Forney remained active in the California State University Procurement and Support Services Officers
About The California State University. The California State University System was formally established in 1960 by the Donahoe
Higher Education Act. It is the nation's largest university system, with 23 campuses. 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). The 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 California Master Plan for higher education was 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 (1998-2012);
and Timothy White (2012-present).
[Title of item], Eugene J. Forney Division of Auxiliary and Business Services Collection, California State Univeristy Archives,
Gerth Archives and Special Collections Department. Univeristy Library, California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Partially processed during 2004-2006 CSU System-wide Archives Processing Project. Processing completed in March 2020.
Scope and Content
The majority of the content in the collection is related to legislation and other mandated policies governing purchases, Board
of Trustees delegation of purchasing authority, leases, and other procurement and auxiliary activities in the Office of the
Chancellor and across all California State University campuses from 1964 to 1993. Forney kept detailed records and documents
of his work related to these topics, much of which has handwritten notation. These materials include correspondence, reports,
memoranda, including coded memoranda from related Divisions in the Office of the Chancellor, contract research and documentation
with vendors and agencies, and procurement legislation include introduced in the California State Senate relating to State
departments and specifically to The California State University. He also collected extensive materials about the function,
organization, and history of the Division of Business and Auxiliary Services (ABS) as well and the history of legislation
affecting the functions of ABS. Forney participated in the California State University Procurement and Support Services Officers
Meetings and regional and national business organizations such as NACUBO (National Association of College and University Business
Officers) and WACUBO (Western Association of College and University Business Officers).
The collection also includes professional development and employee progression documents and records of Forney including position
review and workshop certificates. Forney also collected newsclippings, articles, and booklets related to workplace environment
including communication, leadership, and collegiality. Finally, the collection includes letters of thanks and congratulations
to and from Forney.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from must be the collection must be submitted in writing to the Gerth Archives
and Special Collections Department. 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.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Educational law and legislation – California