Leading the Way

Jane Close Conoley, dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara, will become Cal State Long Beach’s seventh president and the first woman to hold the position in the university’s 65-year history after being selected by the California State University Board of Trustees in January.

She is expected to begin her new position in July. “Cal State Long Beach is renowned for its quality, diversity and global mission and it is an honor to be selected as the university’s next president,” said Conoley. “The excellence of its academic offerings, its storied athletic heritage and its unique location has made it one of the CSU’s most popular campuses for prospective students. This is a vibrant university that plays a key role in Southern California, and I embrace the opportunity to work with the outstanding students, faculty, staff and Long Beach community to reach even greater heights.”