Munger, Tolles & Olson is pleased to announce that Jeff Bleich, a litigation partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, has been appointed to serve a two-year term as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the California State University system. The twenty-five-member board, the majority of whom are selected by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate, oversees the operations of the nation’s largest university. Mr. Bleich has been a member of the Board since 2004 and will serve until 2010.
“I'm honored to have been asked to chair this extraordinary Board,” said Mr. Bleich. “CSU has been the economic engine of the State – educating the majority of engineers, educators, and health care workers in California. Given the great challenges we face as a nation in our higher education systems, I'm very proud to be part of a system at this time that has consistently lead the way in promoting both access and excellence.”
The California State University system, first established in 1960, consists of 23 campuses throughout the state, and serves over 430,000 students. Its campuses offer 1,800 bachelor's and master's degree programs in 240 subject areas, and has been hailed as a national leader in access, educational quality, and sustainability.
Mr. Bleich’s practice consists principally of complex business litigation including appellate practice, intellectual property, media law, and employment law. He is presently serving a one-year term as President of the California State Bar.