California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) President Thomas A. Parham has been selected as a new member of the California Campus Compact (CACC) executive board. His three-year term began July 1.
â€œAs a servant leader, it is an honor to be nominated and now join with my president colleagues in fostering increased levels of community and civic engagement for our students and broader campus communities,â€ said Parham. â€œThe co-curricular learning and skill acquisition that occurs in this domain is an essential part of a university experience, and I am pleased to lend my voice and energy in helping to operationalize this mission.â€
The CACC works to build the collective commitment of higher education and its leadership throughout California to advance civic and community engagement for a â€œhealthy, just, and democratic society.â€ Its executive board supports and promotes the CACCâ€™s mission in the state, and recommends programs, plans, and budgets that sustain the organizationâ€™s vision, while exercising oversight and stewardship of its resources.
Parham is joined on the board by a number of his CSU presidential counterparts, including CSU Los Angeles President William A. Covino, CSU East Bay President Leroy M. Morishita, and San Jose State University President Mary A. Papazian, who was named the boardâ€™s new chair.
â€œWe are excited to be working with Dr. Papazian as our new board chair and to welcome Dr. Parham. It has been an honor and pleasure working with her these past years, and I know that she will approach her new role with tremendous energy and commitment. I am also excited to welcome Dr. Parham, and I know his wisdom and insight will be valuable to our board,â€ said CACC Executive Director Elaine Ikeda in a statement.
Each year, the CACC supports college students, faculty, and administrators involved in diverse and groundbreaking activities that enhance civic and community engagement. Its work is carried out through innovative programs and initiatives, grant funding, training and technical assistance, professional development, and research studies and publications.
Thomas A. Parham joined CSUDH as its 11th president in June 2018. Notable milestones since his appointment include the completion of the 91,000-square-foot Science and Innovation Building, the ongoing construction of the 107,600-square-foot Innovation and Instruction Building, and the nearly complete 506-bed Student Housing Building. The university has also enhanced its academic offerings, including state approval in Aug. 2019 to develop Southern Californiaâ€™s first Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program, and new Bachelor of Arts programs in Asian-Pacific Studies and Womenâ€™s Studies, which will launch in fall 2020.