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President's Message

As we approach the end of another academic year, I've been reflecting on some of our triumphs and challenges. Thoughts I'd like to share with you.
George Deukmejian
With yesterday's passing of former Governor George Deukmejian, the state of California, the city of Long Beach and our campus lost a leader, a great public servant and a friend. He died in his Long Beach home at the age of 89.
A Closer Look: Long Beach State is more than the beach.
“…and a little child shall lead them.” Isaiah 11:6 Has a new moment arrived in our national conversation about guns? If there is momentum for change, we have high school students to thank. Their organizing power, passion, and information got the attention of policy makers in ways I have not experienced in the past.
When I think of 2017 the phrase that comes to mind is, "what a year!" So much happened, both good and bad, at The Beach. As the year comes to a close I'd like to share my thoughts and my gratitude with all of you.
It's been a little over three years since May 23, 2014 and almost two years since November 13, 2015. On both those dates I was working at universities that, without warning, lost students to hateful violence. On May 23, I was at University of California Santa Barbara when a deadly series of events unfolded in Isla Vista, a small, unincorporated town that houses many hundreds of UCSB and many Santa Barbara City College students.