Jake Zhu, Dean of California State University, San Bernardino-Palm Desert Campus, will retire on June 30.
Zhu, who has been the campus director since July 2019, has been responsible for securing state funding for the upcoming student center building and opening the Palm Desert iHub, a business accelerator across the street from the campus. contributed.
“I am very honored and happy to serve as Dean of the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus. I really enjoyed working with the excellent faculty, staff and students,” Zhu said.
However, his tenure was not without controversy.
A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in March accused two former CSU executives of violating the California Equal Pay Act and being part of CSU’s culture of condoning gender discrimination and harassment of female employees. , accused Mr. Zhu and Mr. Tomas Morales, chairman of CSUSB.
In the lawsuit, Anissa Rogers, then-vice dean of the Palm Desert Campus, accused Zhu of sexually harassing her and told CSU that it “needs to do more to break down sexism.” Mr. Zhu claimed that his concerns had not been satisfactorily addressed.
Former CSUSB vice-chancellor Claire Weber said she dismissed her claims that Morales was underpaid compared to male representatives of the CSU system, despite her enormous workload. .
The complaint further alleges that Rogers and Weber were instructed by CSUSB Director Rafic Mohammed to resign or be fired.
Weber was fired for refusing to resign, and Rogers said he was forced to resign in 2022, according to the complaint.
In a statement issued in March, CSU said: “We have just received a copy of the lawsuit filed on March 14 and are reviewing the various claims asserted by both plaintiffs. However, we take all allegations seriously and are committed to finding out the actual facts of the case.CSU staff are our most powerful assets and the university is our most valuable asset. We strive to provide our employees with fair and appropriate compensation.We are also very proud of the ethnic, racial and gender diversity of our workforce, including our leadership, and CSU has a strong presence in this area. It has a long and proven history as a national leader.”
Morales and Mohamed praised Zhu’s achievements in a May 18 statement announcing Zhu’s upcoming retirement.
“During his tenure, the Palm Desert Campus has added many new programs such as Hospitality Management, Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, Kinesiology, Social Work and Child Development, with each program designated the Palm Desert Campus A new group of teachers has also joined,” Morales said.
Mohammed also echoed the president’s praise.
“Jake’s efforts have resulted in increased student research activity at the Palm Desert campus and increased faculty engagement at the PDC,” Mohammed said. “Jake has worked diligently to strengthen partnerships with university leaders and community organizations.”
A search is underway at CSUSB for a Vice Chancellor to lead the campus.
Jonathan Horwitz covers education for the Desert Sun.please contact email@example.com.