Cedillos is a passionate supporter of education and has served
California's educational system in leadership roles for over
twenty years underscoring his commitment to public
education. In addition to other positions, and after being
appointed by the Governor of California and receiving a
unanimous vote by the California State Senate confirming his
appointment, Ron Cedillos served as Trustee of the California
State University System for nine years.
Described by University Chancellor Munitz as “one of the
strongest trustees” to serve this institution, Ron Cedillos
was further honored by being conferred the status of Trustee
Emeritus and awarded an honorary degree.
With an annual budget of over $4 Billion and serving 400,000
students on twenty-two individual campuses, the California
State University System is the largest institution of higher
education in the United States. During his period of almost a
decade of leadership, Ron Cedillos worked alongside university
presidents and his fellow trustees alike in guiding the
institution which Ron Cedillos characterizes as a “national
treasure” through challenging periods of growth and budgetary
An ardent advocate of funding levels sufficient to educate any
qualified resident of California choosing to attend the CSU
system, Cedillos has vigorously lobbied the governor and state
legislature on behalf of the university system.
Though he was involved in all traditional aspects of
institutional governance -- including funding levels, budgets,
selection of university presidents and other key matters --
Cedillos primarily focused as a Trustee on two areas: access
and quality. To these ends, he fought diligently to expand
opportunity to those students who had the least financial
resources with which to obtain a university education.
As a member of the Board of Trustees, Cedillos and his fellow
Trustees were responsible for the oversight of the California
State University, its rules, regulations, and policies and had
authority over curricular development, use of property,
development of facilities, and fiscal and human resources
Mr. Cedillos has also been a guest lecturer at the University
of Southern California's Business School's Center for
Entrepreneurial Studies and for the MBA progam at Pepperdine University.
He has consistently advocated merging
insights from real life business experiences with academic
theory as important components in educating our future
business leaders. The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Program is ranked among the top programs in the nation, and
has been ranked #1 by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur
Magazine. Business Week as well as U.S. News and World Report
have labeled the Center one of the best entrepreneurship
programs in the country.
Prior to being appointed Trustee of the entire California
State University System, Ron Cedillos served as a member of
the Board of Governors of California State University Long
Beach. The Board of Governors serves the missions of the
university by supporting its financial objectives and engaging
in research, entrepreneurship, community service, sponsored
programs and the acquisition of private resources for the
university. Long Beach State is a diverse, globally engaged
public university with a long history of providing highly
valued undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities
through superior teaching, research, creative activities and
service for the people of California and of the world.
Supporting private institutions of education in addition to
public institutions is important to Ron Cedillos. In that
spirit, Ron has supported Pepperdine University by serving on
its University Board and University Associates, both of which
provide financial support for the university and its programs.
Mr. Cedillos views Pepperdine's Schools of Business, Law,
Public Policy and Education to be important educational
resources for California. Mr. Cedillos is the recipient of an
honorary doctorate degree from Pepperdine University in
conjunction with the LAAC/BSA.
Ron Cedillos has furthermore personally supported,
financially and in leadership roles, meaningful reform of the
K-12 education system