Parting words from the king
President Alexandar bids farewell to CSULB
Published: Monday, May 6, 2013
Updated: Monday, May 6, 2013 23:05
As President F. King Alexander prepares to depart to Louisiana State University in June, he leaves behind a legacy of excellence, countless memories, and a tightknit university community at Cal State Long Beach.
“CSULB is a wonderful family, and we’ve gotten through some difficult times together,” he said. “We’ve done it as well or better than anybody else.”
Alexander hopes that this year’s graduates will come back and support their former classmates, and congratulates them on the academic milestone they have achieved. He urges them to take risks as they venture on in their career paths.
“Ninety-nine percent of this world’s opportunities are not in your neighborhood,” Alexander said. “Use your education to see the
For incoming and returning students, Alexander had a few words of wisdom as the spring semester comes to a close. He stressed that the incoming freshmen need to avoid distractions, and stay focused on their educational goals.
He asks that the returning students set a good example for the incoming students, so that they can all stay true to their goals. Alexander is proud of what the university has to offer students, and encourages them to take full
advantage of all the opportunities CSULB has.
“We would much rather have a campus full of B+ students doing everything, than A+ students doing nothing,” Alexander said.
When speaking of his fondest moments at Cal State Long Beach, he kept touching on the familial bond he shared with the campus. Alexander strongly believes in the student body at CSULB, and its ability to be academically
“I think we’ve done a very good job making students feel welcome [on campus] seven days a week,” he said. “We create a real second home for our students.”
Alexander enjoys the peaceful environment and diversity of the students attending Cal State Long Beach. He said he will miss the contagious, laid-back feeling of the CSULB campus, and most importantly, the people he
has met during his time as university president of The Beach.
“Our students are the best model I know for living, learning, and growing together,” Alexander said. “You can just walk through campus at lunch, and it’s like the United Nations.”
Even though he is leaving, Alexander sees great potential at Cal State Long Beach, and thinks the campus is running on a comparative high right now.
He applauds the high number of student applications the university has
received, and believes that it is due to the academic reputation that Cal State Long Beach has built.
“We’re in good shape,” Alexander said. “We’ve got a lot of great people at this university, and I’ve been fortunate enough to work with them.”
As he begins to say his goodbyes to the campus he has worked at for just over seven years, he acknowledges that this has less to do with him, and more to do with the campus as a whole and what it believes in as a CSULB family. He said he will continue to be an advocate for the students.
“It may be a little hot[ter] and muggier where I will be, but I’ll still be fighting for our students in any capacity that I can,” Alexander said.