Cal State Names Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes Its First Woman President 

By: Joe W. Bowers and Edward Henderson | California Black Media

      On Sept. 13, the Board of Trustees of California State University (CSU) announced that it has appointed Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes to assume the role of president at California State University (CSU) Los Angeles. 

      When she assumes office on Jan. 8, 2024, Eanes will become the first woman to be president of a CSU school. 

      She will be succeeding Interim President Leroy M. Morishita, who has served in the position since the retirement of President Emeritus William A. Covino at the end of July 2023

      “I am honored to join this outstanding university and its vibrant and diverse campus community,” said Eanes, who is currently President of York College, City University of New York – a position she has held since 2020. 

      “I look forward to engaging and collaborating with Cal State LA’s talented students, staff and faculty to continue the institution’s journey to new heights in student success, research, scholarship and creative activity, and community engagement,” she continued. 

      “A champion of diversity, equity and inclusion, Dr. Eanes is the ideal person to lead Cal State LA and continue to drive its powerful engine of social mobility,” said CSU Trustee Jack B. Clarke, Jr., chair of the Cal State LA Presidential Search Committee. 

      Eanes completed her undergraduate studies at Dillard University, obtained a master’s degree in social work from Boston University and earned her doctorate in social work from Clark Atlanta University.

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