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Senior Fellows
James M. Rosser
President, California State University, Los Angeles

Areas of Interest:

science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education; teacher education; arts and humanities; underrepresentation in STEM

James M. Rosser has served as President of California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) since 1979. Throughout his tenure, he has been widely recognized for his leadership toward increasing diversity in higher education.

Rosser's science, engineering, and health-related service includes the California Council on Science and Technology, the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Congressional Caucus for Science and Technology, the National Advisory Council on Aging, and several National Science Foundation and National Academy of Engineering taskforces. He served on the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee, which he also chaired. Currently, he serves on the Presidents' Commission for the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) and the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academies. Rosser has received numerous accolades, including the "2012 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award" from the American Council on Education. His science-related honors include the Black Engineer Alumni Group Lifetime Educators Award in 2008 and the National Science Foundation's Educator Achievement Award in 1995.

Prior to his leadership at Cal State L.A., Rosser served as Vice Chancellor of the State of New Jersey Department of Higher Education (and as Acting Chancellor in 1977). He was a member of the State of New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners. He was a tenured faculty member and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Kansas. He held the post of researcher at the Eli Lilly & Company Research Laboratories in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 1963 to 1966.

Dr. Rosser holds academic degrees in health education and microbiology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he also served as a faculty member, Assistant to the Chancellor, and Founding Director of the Black American Studies Program.

Updated 2/22/2012

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