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Presidential Search


President Ruben Armiñana announced that he will retire at the end of this academic year, June 30, 2016. The California State University has begun a national search for the next president of Sonoma State University.

Input from the Sonoma State and surrounding community is an essential part of the selection process. An open forum is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8 in the SSU’s Student Center ballroom. This gathering will allow the selection and advisory committees to gather input on qualities and experience essential in the next president. All Sonoma State University students, faculty and staff are invited as well as the surrounding community.

President Armiñana will leave Sonoma State after 24 years of oversight of the academic and infrastructure of the growing campus. Due to the selection of an excellent faculty, the University’s academic reputation has grown. Sonoma is now one of the most requested campuses in the CSU. The physical campus provides students with a 21st century learning environment and co-curricular programs meet the needs of a traditionally-aged student population. Dr. Armiñana’s guidance has positioned Sonoma State to continue to prosper under its next president.

Please visit this site regularly for updates on the presidential search process.

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Selection Committee


Tim White, Chancellor
Lou Monville, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Lupe Garcia, Trustee, Selection Committee Chair
Debra Farar, Trustee
Hugo Morales, Trustee
Larry Norton, Trustee

Advisory Committee


Richard Senghas, Faculty Representative
Ben Ford, Faculty Representative
Elaine Newman, Faculty Representative
Mark Utarid, Staff Representative
Brandon Mercer, Student Representative
David Felte, Alumni Association Representative
Lynn McIntyre, President's Advisory Board Representative
Carlos Ayala, Academic Dean, Administration Representative
Dianne Harrison, CSU Northridge, CSU President Representative
Henry Hansel, Community Representative
Willie Tamayo, Community Representative

Open Forum


A campus open forum regarding the presidential search will be held on Oct. 8, 1-3 p.m., in the Student Center. Parking in Lot D is free from 1-3 p.m.

This open forum is being streamed and recorded. It will be archived and available on this site soon after the event.

Nominations and Feedback


Contact Us


Questions about the search process may be directed to Dr. Lars Walton, CSU Chief of Staff, at (562) 951-4740