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Texaco Press Release - Dr. James M. Rosser Named to Texaco Equality and Fairness Task Force


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 20 - Dr. James M. Rosser, 60, has been named to the Texaco Equality and Fairness Task Force, which is charged with evaluating potential improvements to Texaco's human resources programs and monitoring the progress achieved in those programs. Dr. Rosser, President of California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State L.A.), will be sworn-in today by Judge Charles L. Brieant of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Commenting on the announcement, Thomas S. Williamson, Jr., Task Force Chairman, said, "The Task Force members are extremely pleased to have an individual with Dr. Rosser's distinguished credentials and experience join us. We are confident that his insights and contributions will enhance the effectiveness of the Task Force."

The seven-member independent Task Force was established in June 1997 as a component of the Settlement Agreement in the Roberts, et al. v. Texaco Inc. employment discrimination lawsuit.

A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, Dr. Rosser earned a bachelor's and master's degree in microbiology and a Ph.D. in health education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Prior to his appointment at Cal State L.A. in 1979, Dr. Rosser served as Vice Chancellor of the State of New Jersey Department of Higher Education and was appointed Acting Chancellor in 1977. From 1970 to 1972, he was the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Kansas in Lawrence and a tenured faculty member in the Schools of Pharmacy and Education.

Dr. Rosser is active in the American Council on Education and serves on several committees of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He has also served on The California Achievement Council, California Post-Secondary Education Commission's Task Force on Women and Minority Faculty and Staff in Post-Secondary Education and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's Regional Policy Committee on Minorities in Higher Education. His extensive community activities include appointments to the boards of directors with the Los Angeles Urban League, Edison International Corporation, Sanwa Bank of California and the California Commission on Campaign Financing.

Updated: September 1999