President, Cal State L.A. | Aug. 30, 2013 | Announcement

Cal State L.A. welcomes its 7th president William A. Covino

Covino to address the campus community during the university’s presidential convocation

Scholarly accomplishments:

* Specializations include the history and theory of rhetoric, persuasion, imagination, and literacy
* Authored and published five books and 37 refereed articles and chapters
* Presented more than 55 papers and presentations at local, statewide and national conferences

For President Designee’s complete CV: /univ/

Other links for reference:

* Office of the President at CSULA:

* 2013 Plater Award (press release):

* L.A. Times article:

* Sacramento Bee article:

* KPCC 89.3 news clip:

* Eastsider LA article:

* Los Angeles WAVE article:

* California State University announcement:

Photo of William Covino.

William A. Covino will begin his first day as president of California State University, Los Angeles Sept. 3, the day after the Labor Day holiday weekend.

“I am honored to join a university as outstanding as Cal State L.A. and look forward to engaging with students, faculty, alumni and the community to build on its strengths and create opportunities for the future,” said Covino. “The university is uniquely positioned in a global center for the arts, technology and the economy and it boasts a student population as diverse as the city it serves. Cal State L.A. truly reflects the changing face of California in the 21st century.”

Covino was chosen by the California State University Board of Trustees to succeed retiring President James M. Rosser who has served as Cal State L.A. president since 1979.

Cal State L.A. students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to the President’s Convocation on Monday, Sept. 23, 9 - 10 a.m., at the Luckman Theatre on campus. (The convocation ceremony will also be viewable online.)

“Dr. Covino’s leadership at the CSU and his knowledge and experience in public higher education make him a tremendous asset to Cal State L.A. and the community,” said CSU Trustee Lou Monville, chair of the presidential search committee. “His academic credentials and his commitment to diversity complement the university’s mission to prepare students for our changing global society.”

Prior to CSULA, Covino served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fresno State since 2009. In addition to his leadership of the university’s eight schools and colleges and oversight of academic goals and educational policy, Covino provided ongoing leadership for the Campaign for Fresno State, the university’s fundraising campaign which has raised in excess of $214 million.

Previous to his position at Fresno State, Covino held the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at CSU Stanislaus from 2006-2009. He returned to the CSU following eight years at Florida Atlantic University, where he chaired the Department of English and was Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. He also has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago and San Diego State University.

Covino earned his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds M.A. degrees from CSU Northridge and the University of Southern California and earned a Ph.D. in English from USC in 1981.