California State University Stanislaus President Joseph F. Sheley will be giving his Inaugural Fall President’s Address at the Snider Recital Hall, located at the campus, on Wednesday, August 29th. The address, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 10:30am and end at 11:30am.
President Sheley has been serving as the interim president of CSU Stanislaus for a little over two months, and has spent his time acquainting himself with the campus and community alike.
“The thing that’s impressed me the most is the level of commitment the faculty and staff members have to our students,” stated President Sheley in a CSUS Press Release. “We can debate what it means to serve our students and how to do it better, but that basic commitment isn’t something that I questions, and I saw that quickly when I started meeting people on campus.”
Sheley also shared that the quality of the campus itself had made an impression on him.
“I’ve visited this campus in the past and always thought it was nice looking, but there’s a depth to the quality of the facilities here, overall. It is an impressive place, much more than I realized at first, and I hope I never come to take that for granted.”
During the difficult economic times that have faced the state budget, the California State University system has suffered over the past few years.
“Most people don’t understand that the CSU system has already been cut by about $1 billion out of the $2.5 billion budget,” stated Sheley. “Even with tuition increases, we’ve had to cut into muscle and well into the bone, and we’re still coming up short.”
“If Proposition 30 – the governor’s tax initiative – doesn’t pass in November, it will trigger another $250 million cut to the CSU system. If it does pass, it will help stop the bleeding a bit in the short term. But long term, we need to start position ourselves in the eyes of both the legislature and the chancellor’s office so that when things start to turn back around and resources become available, we are thought of as a campus that should receive them.”
To read more about President Sheley, please view the entire Q&A with him, available at the CSUS website.
TurlockCityNews.com will report the contents of the Inaugural Fall President’s Address that Sheley will give on Wednesday morning.