Incoming Cal State Northridge President Blenda J. Wilson has hired an administrator from a Minnesota public university to be vice president of student affairs at CSUN, passing over the acting administrator who had sought the job.
In her first official action, Wilson selected Ronald Kopita, 48, the vice president of student affairs at Moorhead State University, over Fred Strache, who has been CSUN's acting vice president of student affairs, and a third finalist. Strache has held the job since the retirement of Edmund Peckham a year ago.
After visiting the CSUN campus on Thursday and Friday, Kopita agreed to accept the job, his wife, Pearl, said Monday.
"We're looking forward to it," she said.
Kopita will be one of three vice presidents who will serve directly under Wilson. Now chancellor of the University of Michigan at Dearborn, Wilson also will be selecting the school's permanent vice president of academics in the coming school year.
Kopita has worked for 15 years at the 9,000-student Moorhead campus, which is about 240 miles northwest of Minneapolis. The school is a part of Minnesota's seven-campus state university system.