TURLOCK, Calif. — May 22, 2013 — The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Joseph F. Sheley as president of CSU Stanislaus, effective immediately. Sheley had served as interim president of the campus since June 2012.
“I am honored to be named president of CSU Stanislaus by the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Timothy White, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to work with an exceptional institution of higher education,” said Sheley. “The commitment of our faculty and staff to our students is a source of pride to me, as is the Stanislaus region's faith in the university. The real and potential impact of region and institution — in partnership — on the future of California is significant almost beyond imagination.”
Prior to joining CSU Stanislaus, Sheley served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Sacramento State, his alma mater. He also held various other posts at the campus: dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (1996¬–2005); director of alumni relations (2004-05); and executive vice president (2005-06). Sheley also spent 21 years as a faculty member at Tulane University, where he served as chair of the Department of Sociology and faculty head of the University Senate.
Sheley has been awarded numerous grants and has published extensively in his general area of interest, criminology, and his particular field of expertise, patterns of acquisition and use of firearms by juveniles. He is a proponent of regional partnership roles for contemporary universities and of the systematic application of university teaching and scholarship to issues of regional, social and economic development.
Sheley earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in sociology from Sacramento State College, now known as California State University, Sacramento.