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Vol 57 No. 18 : November, 2005
Vol 57 No. 18 | October 28, 2005
Legacy Lecture to Have Presidential Flavor

Legacy Lecture to Have Presidential Flavor

President Robert C. Maxson with past and present chairs of CSULB Staff Council(l-r) Charleen Rice, Sharon Olson, Bob Rodgers, Barbara Parks, Carol Riley, Stafford Cox and Denise New.

Outgoing CSULB President Robert C. Maxson caps his 11 years of leadership on Thursday, Nov. 10, when the scholar, teacher and award-winning administrator delivers the Legacy Lecture.

Maxson will offer the prestigious address in the Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall followed by a reception. Admission is by invitation only.

The Legacy Lecture was established in 1992 as an opportunity for select CSULB professors to address the university community as if it were their last lecture, sharing personal reflections, beliefs, convictions, values and visions as educators.

Maxson came to the university in 1994 from his presidency of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In his 11 years at CSULB, he established the President's Scholars Program, a program that actively and successfully recruits the most academically talented high school students in the state. Additionally, Maxson served on corporate governing boards including Bank of America, Nevada and Houston Security Bank and International City Bank; received several awards including 'Man of the Year' by the National Conference for Community and Justice and the American Jewish Committee; and the Silver Lily Award by the Easter Seal Society for his humanitarian deeds. Maxson was named 'President of the Year' four times by the student leaders of the 23-campus CSU.

"Legacy Lecturers are those individuals who have demonstrated a significant commitment to the university and the wider community," said new director of the Faculty Center for Professional Development Terre Allen. "They are individuals who are highly respected by their colleagues as well as by students. These individuals have a message to share with the university community about what has mattered most to them as members of this community. The Legacy Lecture Series is a way for our faculty to express their experiences and values and what kind of legacy they want to leave to this university. What better person to deliver a Legacy Lecture than Dr. Maxson? He has been an outstanding leader for this campus."

This year's Legacy Lecture represents something of a comeback for the award, says former center director Mark Wiley.

"The Legacy Lecture began losing its identity because of so many other awards given in the spring semester," he said. "We have rethought the award over the last few years to see how we could both redefine it and streamline the selection process. Dr. Maxson's departure was seen as an opportunity to give the award new momentum."

Joining Dr. Maxson at the podium will be his wife, Sylvia Maxson, also a member of the CSULB faculty. "While Dr. Maxson continued to teach a course or two at the university throughout his tenure," said Allen, "Sylvia Maxson, as a member of the Teacher Education Department, has always been a teacher who teaches students to be teachers. I think the value they both place on teaching permeates this campus. His love of teaching is a message he has extended to the community which will, I think, be an important part of his legacy to this university. Teaching is a big part of his life and that of Sylvia Maxson's as well."

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