New Cal State Fullerton President Selected

Following a national search, Framrose Virjee has been appointed by the California State University Board of Trustees, effective as of March 20, 1019, to serve as president of California State University Fullerton. He has served as interim president of the university since January 2018.
Virjee becomes the sixth permanent president of CSUF – succeeding Mildred Garcia who was appointed in November 2017 to serve as president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
“Joining the Titan family has been the most rewarding professional experience of my career,” said Virjee. “I am thrilled at the opportunity to continue working alongside the tremendously talented faculty, staff and administrators to further the great work enabling student achievement and degree completion that we’ve started, and to chart the path forward for CSUF.”

From January 2014 through December 2017, Virjee served as executive vice chancellor, general counsel and secretary to the CSU Board of Trustees. In that capacity, Virjee led a staff of attorneys, paralegals and support personnel, and oversaw all legal services for the 23-campus CSU. Virjee also served as chief legal officer to the Board of Trustees, advising them on all legal issues including open meeting laws, board rules and procedures and education code compliance.

Prior to joining CSU, Virjee was a partner in private practice for almost 30 years at O’Melveny & Myers, the oldest law firm in Los Angeles and one of the largest in the nation. At O’Melveny, Virjee specialized in labor and employment law with an emphasis in representing educational institutions in the areas of collective bargaining, education code compliance, and discrimination and employment litigation. Virjee’s practice included representing employers in employment litigation, providing preventative advice through client counseling, policy and procedure review and drafting, and extensive in-house training and education on important labor and employment issues. Virjee also served in several leadership positions at O’Melveny, including Secretary to the Management Committee, Chair of the Employment Committee, and the Partner-in-Charge of both Lateral Hiring and Diversity.

Virjee graduated summa cum laude, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Fram Virgee is married to Julie Virjee, and they have three sons and one grandson. Julie is very active on campus as a volunteer dedicated to student success. Fram and Julie are founders of Yambi Rwanda, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the people of Rwanda through empowerment and collaboration in areas of education, financial sustainability and creating vibrant life experiences.

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  1. Fram Virjee is a wonderful choice for CSUF. He is an intelligent man with a great deal of compassion, and strong leadership skills. He will be very good for the university.