CSU Board member named Australian ambassador

Herbert L. Carter became the new chair of the California State University board of trustees last week following the resignation of board chair Jeffrey Bleich who was named as ambassador to Australia by the Obama Administration.

Carter has been a member of the board since 2004 and has served as vice chair since 2008. He has been affiliated with the CSU for more than 35 years in a variety of administrative positions and served as acting president of California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1998.

“We’re sad to see Jeff leave us,” said board member and student trustee Russel Statham. “He’s been an asset to the board and brought strong leadership to the CSU.”

“On the same token, we are excited for Herbert Carter and trust he will bring effective leadership to the board,” Statham said in a telephone interview with The Collegian.

In addition to his educational career work, Carter has served in many community service organizations and is widely recognized for his contributions to the community.

Carter has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and a Ph. D. in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Statham said the board of trustees will select a vice chair at its next meeting in January. Typically the chair serves a two-year term, Statham explained. At the end of the term the vice chair usually takes the chair position.

“Jeff’s case was special,” Statham said of last week’s resignation.

A litigation partner in the San Francisco law office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Bleich recently served as special counsel to President Obama. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on Nov. 10 as ambassador to Australia.

“We understand he will have an impact as the ambassador and thank him for his service to his country,” Statham said.

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