With the coming departure of CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani, Dr. Joseph F. Sheley, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at California State University, Sacramento, has been named as interim president of California State University, Stanislaus.
Sheley has served in a variety of senior leadership positions with Sacramento State including as executive vice president, director of alumni relations, and from 1996 to 2005 as dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.
"I am pleased and honored to have been selected to lead the Stanislaus campus, and look forward to working in collaboration with faculty, students, staff and the community to build on the university’s strong foundation," said Sheley.
An alumnus of Sacramento State, Sheley returned to his alma mater in 1996 after serving as a faculty member in sociology for 21 years at Tulane University where he also held the positions of chair of the Department of Sociology and faculty head of the University Senate. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and has published extensively in his general area of interest, criminology, and his particular field of expertise, patterns of acquisition and use of firearms by juveniles.
Sheley is a proponent of regional partnership roles for contemporary metropolitan universities and of the systematic application of university teaching and scholarship to issues of regional, social and economic development.
He earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sheley’s appointment becomes effective June 11.
Earlier this year, CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani announced his acceptance as chancellor of the North Dakota State University system.
Shirvani became the CSU Stanislaus President in 2005. Back in February, Shirvani was announced as one of four top candidates vying for the chancellor position of North Dakota’s university system.
In March, The Board voted 5-3 to hire Shirvani and has scheduled his start date in North Dakota for July 1, 2012.