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New Administration, Finance VP Eager to be a Part of Campus

Dec. 6, 2013

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Danny C. Kim

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Danny C. Kim, who will become Cal State Fullerton's vice president for administration and finance/chief financial officer in mid-January, is looking forward to his new role.

"My initial observation is how wonderfully dynamic, busy, and energetic the campus is," he said. "The fact that CSUF has the largest enrollment in the CSU system definitely manifested itself during my visit. I guess I was expecting more of a suburban rather than urban environment so I was very pleasantly surprised.

"The people I met, including faculty, staff, and students, were extremely kind and made me feel welcome," he continued. "I did notice, however, the challenges associated with the backlog in deferred maintenance and I do plan to make that one of my top priorities in exploring funding options to address aspects of it."

Kim brings more than 20 years of experience in university administration, including 14 years as associate and assistant vice chancellor, chief financial and administrative officer, and director of finance and administration within the Division of Student Affairs at the University of California, Riverside.

"I believe my responsibilities at CSUF can be grouped into three categories: administering operating units, planning resources, and creating institutional and business strategies," he said. "I am fortunate that my experience in the UC system allowed me to develop extensive expertise in these three areas. This is particularly applicable in a comprehensive university setting such as CSUF. I believe I can devise solutions and options in addressing these issues and moving the institution forward.

"I also wanted to assume a greater level of responsibility and have more impact on the university in terms of realizing institutional goals and aspirations, as well as address current and key issues facing higher education. I was very fortunate to find the right mix at Fullerton and am honored to become one of its key members."

Kim plans to meet with as many people and stakeholders as possible to get to know more about the campus.

"I want to learn what works and what doesn't and find a systematic and comprehensive way to assess these issues," he said. "It will be important to distinguish perceptions from facts. For this reason, incorporating data and metrics to the process will be critical.

"Of course, the governor's budget proposal will be issued around the time I will start. I know the CSU system has submitted a state funding request that is about $100 million more than what the governor agreed to provide under the compact. I want to get up to speed as quickly as possible on the university budget processes to better prepare for the possible ramifications of the governor's proposal. "

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