CSUN BEGINS CAMPUS VISITS OF CANDIDATES; FOUR VIE FOR PRESIDENT POST.Byline: Robert Monroe Staff Writer
Antoine Garibaldi, one of four candidates for the presidency of CSUN CSUN California State University Northridge , described himself during a campus visit Monday as a hands-on administrator but not an autocrat.
Garibaldi, provost and chief academic officer of Howard University Howard University, at Washington, D.C.; coeducational; with federal support. It was founded in 1867 by Gen. Oliver O. Howard of the Freedmen's Bureau, to provide education for newly emancipated slaves. A normal and preparatory department was opened the same year. in Washington D.C., steered clear of some the most contentious issues at California State University, Northridge CSUN offers a variety of programs leading to bachelor's degrees in 61 fields and master's degrees in 42 fields. The university has over 150,000 alumni. It's also home to a summer musical theater/theater program known as TADW (TeenAge Drama Workshop) that leads teenagers through an , in a 75-minute question-and-answer session and focused heavily on his academic record and past recruiting ability.
``I believe a university must play an active role in its community,'' said the 49-year-old Garibaldi, voicing a point early in his talk that he frequently re-emphasized.
Garibaldi is the only man in the field and only African-American. The rest of the candidates are scheduled to visit the campus individually this week.
David Phelps, associated students vice president, questioned Garibaldi on whether a sports stadium should be built at CSUN's north end.
``I hope you'll respect my taking somewhat of the fifth on that,'' said Garibaldi, after saying he didn't feel he knew enough about the issue yet.
Later Phelps said: ``He appeared to have studied the current and past issues on campus pretty well. I would have expected him to have a little more of a stance on the stadium issue. To say that he didn't have enough information, I found a little interesting.''
Much of Garibaldi's background as student and university administrator is in historically African-American universities, none west of the Mississippi. Before Howard, he had served most recently as vice president for academic affairs at Xavier University For other educational institutions using the name Xavier, see .
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Audience members asked him his opinions on dealing with a student body in which a significant portion speaks English as a second language and how he would promote CSUN as a part of the emerging Pacific Rim economy.
Garibaldi admitted he can't speak Spanish or the three other languages he's studied and agreed that Asian, Latin American and western United States Noun 1. western United States - the region of the United States lying to the west of the Mississippi River
Santa Fe Trail - a trail that extends from Missouri to New Mexico; an important route for settlers moving west in the 19th century economies are an important force which students should understand.
``I'm sure he'll bring some experience from the other end (of the United States) which we need,'' said Ram Roy, a political science professor.
Candidates Gretchen Bataille, provost at Washington State University Washington State University, at Pullman; land-grant and state supported; chartered 1890, opened 1892 as an agriculture college. From 1905 to 1959 it was the State College of Washington. ; Jolene Koester, provost at CSU See DSU/CSU.
1. CSU - California State University.
2. CSU - Cleveland State University.
3. CSU - Channel Service Unit. Sacramento; and Jane Pisano, senior vice president for external relations at University of Southern California The U.S. News & World Report ranked USC 27th among all universities in the United States in its 2008 ranking of "America's Best Colleges", also designating it as one of the "most selective universities" for admitting 8,634 of the almost 34,000 who applied for freshman admission , are scheduled to visit the campus this week. Bataille is expected today.
Photo: Howard University Provost Antoine Garibaldi focused on his academic record during a question-and-answer session at CSUN on Monday.
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