CSU Completes Evaluation of President
from Dateline (February 13, 2003)
|Dr. Milton A. Gordon
The California State University began a review
of President Milton A. Gordon last fall. CSU trustees require that
campus presidents be reviewed every three years. A report of the
results follows.( February 5, 2003)
During the fall 2002 term a six-year review of Dr.
Milton A. Gordon, President of California State University, Fullerton,
was conducted. The review took the form of collecting and summarizing
letters and bringing a four-person team to the campus. The review
concluded on January 28, 2003, with discussion of the review by
the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees and I appreciate the
contributions of those who worked with us on this review.
Criteria established by the Board of Trustees in 1984
and updated in 1994 were used to assess the performance of President
Gordon and the progress of the university. These measures included
the overall management of the university, relations on campus and
within the system, educational leadership, community relations,
major achievements of the campus and the president, and personal
characteristics of the president. Faculty, staff, students, and
community representatives were invited to submit written comments
responding to the trustees' criteria.
The visiting team consisted of Dr. John C. Hitt, president
of University of Central Florida; Mr. Jerry A. Aspland, president-emeritus
of the California Maritime Academy; Dr. Debra S. Farar, representing
the Board of Trustees; and Dr. Ronald Kroman, professor-emeritus
of biology, CSU Long Beach. Following advance preparation with resource
material, the team spent one full day on November 14, 2002 interviewing
a selection of the campus community.
The major findings of this review are:
• President Gordon is appreciated for his openness
and his communications. Members of the campus community respect
and trust President Gordon making positive reports about his performance
as university president. He anticipates reactions of constituent
groups and builds consensus and collaboration. There is a sense
of teamwork among the senior management. The university budget is
• President Gordon anticipated the need for
fiber optic cable to integrate the technology of the campus.
• Student interest in attending CSU Fullerton
is outpacing the physical capacity of the main campus. Much of the
student pressure is local, Orange County based. The opening of the
El Toro campus is viewed as a huge accomplishment. It was done on
a short-time line, it relieved enrollment pressure for the main
campus, and it signified a great deal of coordination on the Fullerton
campus. Shuttles run between the main campus in Fullerton and the
El Toro facility. Stress on university access, student parking,
class schedules and on-campus student housing are noted as significant
issues to monitor.
• Another highly touted acquisition is the multi-story
College Park building across Nutwood Avenue. It has become the important
home of the School of Communications and its faculty offices.
Through his work over a dozen years, Dr. Gordon has
created and sustained a sense of pride among faculty, staff and
students in belonging to CSU Fullerton.
President Gordon and the university maintain very positive relations
with local, state, and national office holders.
Anticipating a difficult and complex state budget
for the next several years, many of those who met with review team
members expressed confidence and trust in Dr. Gordon.
President Gordon and I have discussed the information
collected in the review and concluded with the following goals for
the next few years:
1. Continue the successful practice of open communications
with campus constituent groups.
2. At the time of the review hiring of an experienced
person as vice president for University Advancement was paramount
in the minds of some; this has been resolved with the appointment
of Pamela Hillman.
3. Continue efforts to manage enrollment.
4. Initiate discussions with the City of Fullerton
about the possibility of permanent
closure of Nutwood Avenue and changing its function to a pedestrian
5. Communicate to the campus community the purpose
and advantages of international agreements and collaboration.
6. Continue to provide considerable expertise to CSU
Milton Gordon is a natural, outstanding university
leader. He is articulate, calm, collegial, graceful, and confident
as a spokes- person and representative for California State University,
Fullerton. Dr. Gordon makes himself available for various CSU systemwide
assignments. His national leadership as a member of the executive
committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association is appreciated
by the CSU Trustees.
The next formal review will be conducted in the 2005-06
With kind regards,
Charles B. Reed, Chancellor
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