|May 30 , 2003|
CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS PRESIDENT
Dr. Richard R. Rush, president
of the newest campus in the California State University system, will be
the featured speaker on June 10 when Los Angeles Mission College awards
degrees to more than 400 graduating students.
Rush will be a timely speaker
for the Mission College graduates, many of whom are just starting to build
educational and professional careers. Appointed president of CSU, Channel
Islands, in June 2001, Rush has spent the last two years "starting
up" the system's 23rd CSU campus. As such he has hired the first
faculty and senior administrative staff, and overseeing development of
academic and physical master plans.
The experience is not entirely
new to him. While serving on the faculty at San Diego State University,
Dr. Rush played a key role in the founding of CSU San Marcos. The City
of San Marcos recognized his contribution by naming a street after him,
Prior to his appointment at
Channel Islands, Dr. Rush served nine years as President of Minnesota
State University, Mankato. He holds a doctorate in English Renaissance
Literature from UCLA. He is a life member of the Milton Society of America,
which is devoted to scholarship on John Milton, a 17th century English
The college president will
speak to a class that will include 440 graduates, 73 percent of them women.
The ages of the graduates range from 17 to 66, with the greatest number
- 59 percent - falling into the 21-30-year-old age bracket. Terie Stephens,
an art major, is the class valedictorian. This year's salutatorian is
Commencement will begin at
5 p.m. on the campus Quad.
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