Framroze Virjee, an executive and general counsel for the Cal State University Board of Trustees, was appointed as Cal State Fullerton’s interim president Wednesday.
He will succeed outgoing President Mildred Garcia, who is leaving to become president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, on Jan. 1 and is scheduled to serve in the role until June 2019.
“I am confident Fram will maintain the momentum gained under President García as well as provide stability to the campus,” CSU chancellor Timothy White said in a release. “During my recent campus visit, various stakeholder groups shared some of the critical skills and abilities they desired in the next campus leader.
“They sought a leader who places the utmost importance on student success and who has experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders, is a strong communicator and collaborator, values and promotes academic and student affairs and works well within a shared governance environment. Fram excels in all of those areas.”
Virjee has served as the CSU Board of Trustees’ executive vice chancellor, general counsel and secretary since 2014. He was in private practice for nearly 30 years before that but taught as an adjunct professor, including at Chapman University’s law school and at Claremont Graduate University.
“Cal State Fullerton is regionally powerful and nationally renowned for the diversity that is woven throughout its fabric – from its student body, faculty and staff to the wide range of its academic offerings,” Virjee said in a release. “This is a wonderful opportunity and I am very excited to be part of such a well-respected and recognized university.”
The CSU system said it plans to conduct a national search for Cal State Fullerton’s permanent president beginning next fall.