Larry L. Adamson, a longtime advocate for the homeless, has been appointed to the California State University board as the Alumni Trustee, it was announced Tuesday.

Elected by alumni representatives of the CSU Alumni Council, Adamson will represent the interests of the 3.8 million CSU alumni on the 25-member board and keep alumni leaders informed of important issues affecting the 23-campus university.

The Newhall resident’s two-year appointment starts July 1.

Adamson is president and chief executive officer emeritus of the Midnight Mission and earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal State Los Angeles in criminal justice in 1974.

Adamson is vice chair of the Cal State LA Foundation board and for more than 10 years served on the board of directors of the Cal State LA Alumni Association. In 1996, he joined the CSU Alumni Council, where he served two terms as president from 1998 to 2000.

Adamson served as the interim Alumni Trustee on the CSU Board of Trustees in 2005 and again, in 2019.

In 2004, Adamson was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to serve as a commissioner for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. He served for 13 years, and completed two terms as its chair.

In addition to his current role as a board member at The Midnight Mission, his community service includes roles on the boards of the Los Angeles Central Area Providers Collaborative, Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles and Rotary Club, among others.

“Larry Adamson’s long-standing service to Los Angeles and his years of support for the university, including his service as interim Alumni Trustee, make him an ideal selection for this important leadership role,” said Michelle Power, president of the CSU Alumni Council.

The Alumni Council is the only organization that has direct appointment authority to the CSU Board of Trustees.

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