August 27, 1999

CSU San Marcos to Inaugurate Dr. Alexander Gonzalez as Its Second President

Dr. Alexander Gonzalez will be formally invested as California State University, San Marcos' second President during ceremonies on Wednesday, September 1, 1999.

Dr. Gonzalez's investiture will be held at Forum Plaza on the CSUSM campus and will feature a formal processional of the University's faculty and other academic leaders. Seating for the event begins at 3 p.m. with the processional commencing at 4 p.m. and the formal installation following.

The inauguration ceremony is one of the first events in the University's celebration of a decade of service to the communities of northern San Diego County, and southern Orange and Riverside Counties. Parents, alumni and friends of the University are invited to attend the event, which is free and open to all. Special parking will be available nearby.

The event continues a tradition that is rooted in the academic world of the 12th and 13 centuries and is believed to be the first inauguration held in the area. It provides an opportunity for the campus to acknowledge its past, anticipate its future and reach out to the community.

Dr. Charles Reed, CSU Chancellor, will officially invest President Gonzalez. William Hauck, Chair of the California State University Board of Trustees, will be master of ceremonies at the installation. He will be joined by Trustees William Denny Campbell, Robert Foster, Laurence Gould, Jr. and Ralph Pesqueira. Presidents of 13 CSU campuses have confirmed their attendance. Also expected to attend are Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham and San Marcos Mayor F.H. "Corky" Smith. Father Finian McGinn, of the St. Anthony Friary in San Francisco will deliver the invocation.

Dr. Gonzalez came to CSUSM in 1997 as interim president after the campus' founding President, Bill Stacy accepted another Presidency. After only a year of what was to be a two-year temporary appointment, the CSU Chancellor appointed Dr. Gonzalez the permanent President, effectively July 1, 1998. Dr. Gonzalez received his bachelor's degree in history from Pomona College, graduating with honors and election to Phi Beta Kappa. After attending Harward Law School, he completed his master's and doctoral studies in social psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Eliott Aron-son, professor emeritus of the University of California, Santa Cruz, under whom Dr. Gonzalez studied, is also expected to attend and speak.

After his installation, Dr. Gonzalez will deliver his inaugural address. He plans to discuss the challenges facing leaders in higher education today and how to meet those challenges. Following his address, Dr. Gonzalez will lead the recessional and join the campus community in a reception celebration.

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