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F. King Alexander CSULB Presidency Timeline

Oct. 27, 2005
Murray State University President F. King Alexander is selected to be the sixth president at California State University, Long Beach by CSU Board of Trustees.

Jan. 9, 2006
F. King Alexander begins his duties as president of California State University, Long Beach.

February 2006
President Alexander is among the first group of CSU presidents, administrators, trustees and board members to take part in the system’s inaugural “CSU Super Sunday” effort, a partnership effort with Los Angeles basin African American churches to increase the number of African American students eligible to attend college. The effort would grow from seven churches in the Los Angeles area to hundreds of churches up and down the state of California.

President Alexander with Debbie and Glen Bickerstaff.

President Alexander with Debbie and Glen Bickerstaff. Photo by David J. Nelson

June 2006
President Alexander officially dedicates the Bickerstaff Center for Student-Athlete Academic Services, which is triple the size of the old facility and assists more than 300 49er student-athletes throughout the year.

August 2006
CSULB receives a $100,000 donation from The Boeing Co., the largest donation given to a single California University.

February 2007
President Alexander is selected as one of 78 public university administrators from across the nation to develop recommendations for the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA). Alexander leads one of the five task forces that met in Washington, D.C. to develop measures to assess student learning outcomes. The ultimate goal is to develop guidelines/methods for institutions to provide information that allows comparison among institutions regarding learning outcomes and other performance measures.

Fall 2007
Cal State Long Beach is among the first campuses in the CSU system to begin offering the independent doctorate of education degree.

Fall 2007
A new joint MBA/MFA degree in theatre management—a terminal degree in theatre arts equivalent to a doctorate—is offered at Cal State Long Beach. It is one of just two such programs in the country, the other being at Yale University.

September 2007
CSULB purchases the Brooks College site for $11.1 million to expand housing opportunities for its students. The facility also contains classrooms and computer laboratories, which are used to provide courses and other academic programming at the site located about a mile away from the main CSULB campus.

September 2007
CSULB partners with the Long Beach Unified School District on a $22.4 million federally funded project that works with nearly 4,000 sixth-graders at 13 area middle schools to boost their college readiness over the next six years. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Education (GEAR UP) funding also is used to improve teacher training, academic counseling and parent awareness of postsecondary options, preparation and financing.

December 2007
CSULB announces $1 million endowed faculty chair for the Department of Geological Sciences, made possible by an estate gift from Bert L. Conrey (the university’s first geology faculty member) and his wife, Ethel. The endowed chair will have the responsibility of developing a graduate program in the field of hydrogeology, which deals with such areas as groundwater and surface water interactions and management, and contaminant transport.

December 2007
CSULB receives record number of applications from potential undergraduate students as more than 60,000 apply for fall 2008 admissions to the university. It is the first time the number of undergraduate applications surpassed the 60,000 mark.

January 2008
CSULB Alumnus Terry Rhodes pledges $1.25 million gift for the construction of a new campus tennis facility and the creation of an endowed scholarship fund for tennis players.

March 2008
CSULB announces the largest-ever donation to the university of $16.4 million from the Bob Cole Trust to provide scholarships for student musicians. In recognition of the generosity of the donation, CSULB names the Department of Music as the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.

College promise press conference.

President Alexander addresses students during a press conference to announce The Long Beach College Promise, 2008. Photo by Victoria Sanchez

March 2008
President Alexander joins Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Chris Steinhauser and Long Beach City College President Eloy Ortiz Oakley to announce the creation of the Long Beach College Promise, a joint commitment to make higher education an attainable goal for every Long Beach student.

August 2008
CSULB receives a $1 million donation from Ray and Barbara Alpert for the Jewish Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts, and in their honor create the Barbara and Ray Alpert Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies.

October 2008
CSULB officially breaks ground on its new Hall of Science Building, which is the largest capital building project in the campus’ history.

August 2009
CSULB opens its Residential Learning College (RLC) at the former Brooks College site, increasing the university’s student housing capacity by some 560 beds. The learning college also offers its student opportunities to take academic courses offered in its four state-of-the-art classrooms.

September 2009
Spotlighting its prowess in fundraising, especially during difficult economic times, CSULB is recognized with a prestigious 2009 CASE-WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising. It is one of just six universities across the country in the Public Comprehensive Institutions category to receive the honor.

October 2009
CSULB is awarded a five-year, $5 million grant by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to create a center that will help make technological advances in the air traffic management industry through the study of human factors issues.

December 2009
CSULB receives a record number of applications from potential undergraduate students for the fall 2010 semester. With the inclusion of international student applications, the campus received more than 71,000 applications from prospective new students, breaking the 70,000 mark for the first time in its history.

April 2010
CSULB is recognized in a major national report by the Southern Regional Education Board for its efforts in outperforming most similar U.S. institutions in helping students stay on track and graduate. Titled “Promoting a Culture of Student Success: How Colleges and Universities Are Improving Degree Completion,” the report profiles 15 four-year public colleges and universities nationwide whose success in raising graduation rates may provide other institutions with practices and strategies that work to help more students succeed.

May 2010
CSULB President F. King Alexander is named the 2009-10 recipient of the “Robert C. Maxson President of the Year Award” by the California State Student Association (CSSA), the single recognized voice for more than 405,000 students in the CSU system. Each year, the group recognizes one CSU campus president whose leadership reflects a commitment to the mission of the CSSA, who has demonstrated exceptional inclusion of students within the context of shared governance and has assisted the CSSA in advancing its statewide policy agenda.

President Alexander at commencement

Commencement 2011. Photo by David J. Nelson

May 2010
CSULB graduates the largest class in its history as the university confers 8,670 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during the 2009-10 academic year.

August 2010
CSULB is named to the 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs, a monthly magazine that assists veterans in seeking civilian employment and education. The list recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the nation that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

September 2010
CSULB officially opens its new Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The $61 million, 126,000-square-foot facility features weight and fitness machines, cardio theater, a wellness center, rock-climbing wall, indoor running track, multi-activity courts, basketball/volleyball/badminton courts, outside recreation pool and spa, sand volleyball and racquetball courts, health-food shop, personal trainers and group fitness classes.

October 2010
CSULB President F. King Alexander, LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser and LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley travel to Washington, D.C., to share their success in increasing college access for local students through the Long Beach College Promise and a Seamless Education partnership that aligns curriculum, instruction and professional development from pre-kindergarten through the doctoral level at a national education summit.

November 2010
CSULB officially dedicates and unveils its new School of Nursing Building. The $4.3 million project is the first addition to the university’s nursing facilities since 1975. With nearly 10,600 gross square feet, the new building includes teaching labs, a computer lab, faculty and administrative offices and support spaces. Students begin taking classes in the facility in spring 2011.

December 2010
Teaming with nearby Cerritos College, CSULB is one of six CSU campuses awarded a total of $3 million by the California Gang Reduction Intervention and Prevention Program to help at-risk students attain a college degree to become teachers. The program is aimed at reducing gang involvement by providing at-risk 17-to-24-year-old students with a pathway to teaching.

December 2010
A report by the Chronicle of Higher Education showed that over the latest five-year period, graduation rates at CSULB have increased by 13 percentage points, tying it for the third best improvement in the nation among public masters institutions

June 2011
In a report released by the Education Trust, CSULB is one of just five universities in the country recognized for meeting a conservative set of criteria on affordability, access and quality. CSULB joined Cal State Fullerton, two City University of New York campuses—Bernard M. Baruch College and Queens College, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the five American colleges that have a net price for low-income students of $4,600 or less with graduation rates of at least 50 percent and at least a 30 percent enrollment of Pell Grant-eligible students.

August 2011
The National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced that the CSULB athletics program has received its third consecutive full certification. The designation of certified means that an institution has shown that it operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the NCAA Division I membership. In 1996, CSULB was one of the first universities in the nation to receive full certification of its athletics program among some 300 eligible. The university earned its second certification in 2003.

September 2011
CSULB dedicates its new Hall of Science, the largest capital building project in the campus’ history, and at the time, it was also the largest and most expensive building project in the CSU system. The $110 million project encompasses nearly 165,000 gross square feet and completes the Natural Sciences Complex. Within the complex, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) provides CSULB’s principal curriculum for majors leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and the health professions.

November 2011
Stephanie Bryson, a 2011 CSULB graduate, is named a Rhodes Scholar, the first graduate of the university to receive the internationally renowned award.

President Barack Obama participates in a college affordability roundtable with college presidents in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

Above, President Barack Obama participates in a college affordability roundtable with college presidents in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 5, 2011. Participants include Education Secretary Arne Duncan; F. King Alexander, president, CSULB; Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor, University of Texas System; Jared Cohon, president, Carnegie Mellon University; Freeman Hrabowski, president, University of Maryland–Baltimore County; William “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor, University System of Maryland; Robert Mendenhall, president, Western Governor’s University; Larry Shinn, president, Berea College; Thomas Snyder, president, Ivy Tech Community College; Holden Thorp, chancellor, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill; Nancy Zimpher, chancellor, State University System of New York; Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO, Lumina Foundation for Education; and Jane Wellman, executive director, Delta Project on Postsecondary Education Costs, Productivity and Accountability. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

December 2011
CSULB President F. King Alexander is one of just 10 university presidents and chancellors invited to a private White House meeting with President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to talk about affordability in higher education.

February 2012
CSULB announces a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation in support of the campus’ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. OLLI at CSULB is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the positive aspects of aging through educational, social and personal renewal opportunities for adults 50 and older.

May 2012
For the second time in three years, CSULB President F. King Alexander is named the recipient of the Robert C. Maxson President of the Year Award by the California State Student Association (CSSA).

Fall 2012
For the first time, CSULB begins offering two new doctoral degrees—a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP)—and university officials involved with the programs believe that each will play a critical role in the state’s future healthcare needs.

December 2012
Adding credibility to its reputation as a university of choice for students across California and beyond, CSULB sets a new record for the number of applications it receives from prospective freshmen and transfer students interested in attending the university in fall 2013 with 8,622. It is the first time in campus history that the total topped 80,000.

January 2013
An exclusive new list developed by U.S. News & World Report shows CSULB among the most efficient universities in the country and ranks the campus at No. 2 on its list of most efficient regional universities in the West. The resulting lists show which schools are providing a high quality education while spending relatively less than their peers to achieve that quality.