President Covino presents his plans for the future of Cal State L.A. at Investiture Week
To prepare students to contribute in the 21st century, a public university must offer a curriculum that prizes engagement, tackle research that improves our communities, and foster an ethic of public service.
At his Investiture Ceremony on May 9, President William A. Covino committed California State University, Los Angeles to these principles, launching the campus into a new era under the theme of Engagement, Service, and the Public Good.
With California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White, Trustees Lou Monville and Lillian Kimbell and a host of elegantly robed delegates from academia as witnesses, Covino was installed as the seventh president of Cal State L.A. at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.
The event attracted almost 1,300 people, including civic and business leaders, alumni, faculty, staff and students, who came to watch the symbolic induction of the campus’ first new president in more than three decades.
The ceremony also capped off a week of events showcasing how Cal State L.A. will bring to life Covino’s vision of Engagement, Service, and the Public Good.
Monday featured the grand opening of the new Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good. The University community gathered to break ground on the Rosie Casals/Pancho Gonzalez Tennis Center at the Billie Jean King Sports Complex on Tuesday and later welcomed Los Angeles labor leader Maria Elena Durazo for a distinguished lecture that framed the critical need to engage and serve our community.
Wednesday marked the unveilings of the Hydrogen Research and Fueling Station and the renaming of the Charon D’Aiello and David Sandoval Student Services Center. Thursday brought the announcement of a new collaborative career pathway project with East L.A. College and the Los Angeles Unified School District: GO East L.A.
“Individually, each of these events represents a step forward for the University within our community. Taken together, they begin to signal the future of Cal State L.A.,” said Covino. “Engagement is a force that defines our mission as a 21st century public university.”