A distinguished alumnus and former state Senator for California’s 34th District has returned to his alma mater to help prepare students to contribute to the social and economic vitality of our interconnected global community.
Following five terms in the California Assembly and Senate, Lou Correa will serve as a consultant with the University on ways his considerable knowledge and experience in the private and public sectors can advance the mission of Cal State Fullerton.
“Cal State Fullerton gave so much to me,” explains the veteran legislator who represented central Orange County in Sacramento for 16 years.
“This educational institution gave me the skills to pursue the American Dream. I am happy to be back at CSUF to share my private and public sector experiences with our students.”
A product of the Anaheim public school system, Correa attended Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Fremont Junior High and Anaheim High School. In addition to his degree from Cal State Fullerton, Correa holds a Juris Doctor and MBA from UCLA. He is licensed with the California Real Estate Board and the California State Bar.
Correa has been a force in Orange County politics since 1998 when he was first elected to the state Assembly. After three terms in the Assembly, he was elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2004, and to the Senate in 2006, serving two terms. He termed out of office in 2014.
As a legislator, Correa was known for his articulate and passionate advocacy for higher education, in particular, the California community colleges, the CSU and the UC systems.
Earlier this year, Correa was recognized with the University’s 2015 Vision & Visionaries Award, the highest honor that Cal State Fullerton bestows on its alumni.