Spring 2014

Welcome to our Next President, Lisa A. Rossbacher

As Humboldt magazine was about to go press, the CSU Board of Trustees named Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher as the next president of Humboldt State University. Rossbacher is currently serving as president at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga., and begins her new position at HSU in July.

“It is a wonderful and humbling honor to be chosen to serve the students, faculty and staff as well as the North Coast community as the next president of Humboldt State,” said Rossbacher. “The university’s unique programmatic offerings and beautiful setting draw a diverse group of students who are committed to improving themselves and the community through public service. HSU embraces sustainability and the environment like few other universities, and I look forward to engaging all groups to achieve the university mission.”

new President Lisa Rossbacher

Rossbacher succeeds Rollin C. Richmond (See “Reflecting on the Richmond Years,” page 16) who is retiring at the end of the academic year after 12 years as president of HSU. She will be the seventh president in Humboldt’s 100-year history.
“Throughout her career, Dr. Rossbacher has demonstrated a focus on student success and she leads through consensus building and shared governance. She is a noted scholar and teacher, and as a current university president she brings a wealth of innovative administrative experience necessary to lead at the highest level,” said CSU Trustee Larry Norton, chair of the presidential search committee. “Lisa’s broad experience as an educator, scholar and academic leader and her passion for education are qualities that will serve her and HSU well.”

Watch for coverage of Dr. Rossbacher’s first months at HSU in the fall issue of Humboldt magazine.