CSU says potential presidents shouldn't visit new campuses, academic senate disagrees

In the midst of the search for a replacement for SF State President Robert A. Corrigan, the presidential selection process could be changing, and the SF State Academic Senate isn’t too happy about it.

The California State University Board of Trustees proposed last month to no longer require candidates to visit their potential new universities in an attempt to protect the identities of prospective replacements, attesting that eliminating required campus visits would give candidates a sense of confidence in the selection process.

In response, the academic senate created the following resolution that was voted upon and passed today: “The Academic Senate of San Francisco State University adamantly opposes any elimination of the campus visit in the selection of presidents in the CSU and strongly urge the CSU Board of Trustees continue past practice as articulated in its current policy.”

Members of the academic senate believe that this change would be detrimental to the selection process, as it would distance the candidate from the campus, its issues and the community.

“It’s shocking to me that if this passes, this person isn’t going to see the people they are working with,” said Jenny Lau, associate professor of cinema.

Board members believe privacy should be a concern, but that candidates should be aware of what they are getting into.

“It should be a concern, but not a problem,” said Mohammed Salama, assistant professor of foreign languages. “(Candidates) should understand what a high-level job entails. It’s a basic right for the campus to have a potential president appear on campus.”

SF State is the seventh campus to submit its resolution for review by the CSU Board of Trustees.