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Forney, Eugene J. Division of Auxiliary and Business Services Collection
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  • Contributing Institution: California State University Archives
    Title: Forney, Eugene J. Division of Auxiliary and Business Services Collection
    Creator: California State University. Auxiliary and Business Services
    Creator: Forney, Eugene J.
    Creator: California State University
    Identifier/Call Number: CSU.029
    Physical Description: 19 boxes 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: English .


    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Acquisition Information

    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 children.
    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 meetings.
    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).

    Preferred Citation

    [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.

    Processing Information

    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.

    Publication Rights

    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

    University purchasing
    Legislative bills.
    Educational law and legislation – California
    School budgets