Proposed legislation would change how CSU's Board of Trustees operates

A senator from San Francisco has proposed legislation that would reform how the CSU’s Board of Trustees operates.

Along with the California Faculty Association, Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, drafted legislation that would double the number of student trustees from two to four and ensure at least three faculty members and two nonfaculty employees serve on the Board of Trustees.

CSU’s Board of Trustees has 25 representatives. Currently, only one appointee must be a faculty member and two must be students.

“For too long, we have seen the Board of Trustees fighting for their top executives, but not fighting for those who truly make CSU great — the students, faculty and workers,” Yee said. “No longer will the Board of Trustees be an exclusive club of just wealthy Californians.”

Under present law, 19 of the 25 trustees are appointed by the governor. While Yee’s bill would designate nine of the appointments for students, faculty and university workers, the governor still would appoint 19 members.

In addition, Yee’s bill would prohibit CSU employee trustees as well as the chancellor from participating in any subcommittee dealing with collective bargaining.

Yee’s bill comes after years when the CSU raised student fees while increasing compensation for executives. Last year, the board raised fall tuition by 12 percent as it awarded the new president of San Diego State a $400,000 salary — $100,000 more than his predecessor. —