California State U Trustees Chairman Ousted

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The chairman of the California State University Board of Trustees was forced out Monday after Senate Republicans blocked his required reconfirmation.

Herb Carter, who was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2004 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, became vulnerable last summer after the trustees approved a $400,000 salary for a newly hired campus president, 34 percent higher than his predecessor, on the same day the cash-strapped CSU raised tuition.

The action drew a swift rebuke in July from Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat who in fact supports Carter and called him "exceptionally qualified to continue in his role."

Carter has been at the CSU in various high-level positions for most of his nearly 40-year career and, as a trustee, helped change state law to improve transfer rates for community college students. But Republicans used Brown's own criticism of "ever-escalating pay packages" to justify blocking Carter.

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