April 16, 2024
Invoice W. Stacy, the primary president of Cal State San Marcos. Photograph credit score: Courtesy, CSUSM

Invoice W. Stacy, the founding president of Cal State San Marcos, has died after a prolonged sickness, the college introduced. He was 85.

In fall 1989, Stacy was given one 12 months to rent founding school and lay the groundwork for the campus, together with its tutorial mission and applications.

When CSUSM opened in August 1990, it did so with a dozen school members, 9 majors and fewer than 450 college students. By the point Stacy left in 1997, the college had grown to just about 4,500 college students, and issued 19 bachelor’s levels, 15 instructor credentials and eight grasp’s levels. 

At present, CSUSM serves greater than 16,000 college students.

“Dr. Stacy’s inspiring management as the primary president of CSUSM paved the best way for the college we’re at present – a mannequin of scholar success, tutorial excellence and exemplary neighborhood engagement,” present President Ellen Neufeldt mentioned. “I’m grateful for his important contributions to our college and lengthen my deepest condolences to the Stacy household on behalf of everybody at CSUSM.”

Neufeldt knew and labored with Stacy throughout his tenure as chancellor of the College of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which he led after leaving CSUSM. The truth is, one among her first cellphone calls when she was named CSUSM’s fourth president in 2019 was to Stacy.

“We talked about how CSUSM is a particular place, and he shared with me his vivid reminiscence from 1989, when he visited the positioning of the place this campus would in the future be, understanding that it could quickly develop into a house to tutorial inquiry and impression, scholar entry and achievement,” Neufeldt mentioned.

Stacy served as chancellor of UT Chattanooga from 1997 to 2004. Throughout his tenure, he oversaw the event of doctoral applications in bodily remedy and computational engineering, together with the SimCenter, the college’s first internationally acknowledged analysis facility.

From 2004 till 2009, he served as headmaster of the Baylor College in Chattanooga. In that function, he led a improvement marketing campaign that funded upgraded campus infrastructure, scholar amenities and the athletics advanced.

Stacy was born July 26, 1938, in Bristol, Tenn. After his father, Frank, died in 1941, the household moved to Missouri, the place he excelled in sports activities. Upon commencement from Jefferson Metropolis Excessive College, he accepted a soccer scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State Faculty.

In 1967, Stacy returned to the school to show speech communication and theater as he was finishing a doctorate at Southern Illinois College. He lobbied with others to vary Southeast Missouri State’s designation from a university to a college, and in 1975 he was named the primary dean of the graduate faculty.

He then served as president of the college from 1979-89 earlier than leaving to assist discovered CSUSM.

Stacy, who died on Jan. 4 in Cape Girardeau, Mo., is survived by his spouse of 34 years, Sue Stacy, in addition to three kids, 5 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.