Former Cal State L.A. president to receive the 2014 Dr. John Hope Franklin Award

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education is pleased to announce that Dr. James M. Rosser, formerly president of California State University, Los Angeles, is the recipient of this year’s Dr. John Hope Franklin Award.

Rosser served as the sixth president of Cal State L.A. for over three decades. He retired on June 30, 2013 after 33 years at Cal State L.A.’s helm. He also served as professor of health care management and professor of biological sciences at Cal State L.A. Previously, Rosser served as vice chancellor in the Department of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey and briefly as acting chancellor. Before those posts, he was associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Kansas and a tenured faculty member in pharmacology and toxicology.

Throughout his tenure as president, Rosser transformed Cal State L.A. into one of the nation’s top-tier urban universities in the sciences, engineering, education and the arts. A tireless advocate for increasing access to higher education for underserved communities, he also has promoted programs that increase diversity in education and within the scientific community.

About this Award:

The Dr. John Hope Franklin Award was created in 2004 to pay tribute to the late Dr. Franklin, a historian, writer, educator, and humanitarian who made significant contributions to shaping the perspective of American history in the 20th century. Diverse created the award to institutionalize and celebrate on an ongoing basis his scholarly contributions to the nation. The individuals and organizations chosen are those whose contributions to higher education are consistent with the highest standards of excellence.

Past recipients have included Dr. Clifton Wharton, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Maya Angelou, the late Dr. William Friday and Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, just to name a few.

This year’s award, sponsored by TIAA-CREF, will be presented at a reception on Monday, March 10, 2014, from 6:45-7:45 p.m., during the 96th annual meeting of the American Council on Education in San Diego, Calif.

For more info, contact Maya M. Minter of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education at (703) 385-2411 or

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