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San Jose State Presidential Search Committee to Hold First Meeting

(Jan. 3, 2008) – The California State University Board of Trustees will begin the search this month for a new president of San José State University to succeed retiring President Don Kassing, who has been president since 2004.

The first meeting of the search committee will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, January 14, 2008 in Conference Room 225B of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, at San José State University, One Washington Square. This is the first and only meeting of the committee that is an open meeting.

Trustee William Hauck will chair the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President. The other trustee members of the selection committee include Ken Fong, Glen Toney, as well as Trustee Chair Roberta Achtenberg and CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.

Board policy requires the chair to appoint an advisory group to the trustees’ committee. The Advisory Committee to the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President is composed of representatives of the faculty, students and alumni, as well as a member of the campus advisory board, all of whom are selected by the campus constituent groups. Also on the advisory committee are a vice president or academic dean from the campus, and a president of another CSU campus, both selected by the chancellor. Both committees function as one group.

Members of the Advisory Committee for the Selection of the President include: Sonoma State President Ruben Armiñana; Nancy Day, CMS Project Senior Software Analyst, SJSU; Les Francis, community member; Benjamin Henderson, president, Associated Students, SJSU; SJSU Professor of Accounting and Finance Annette Nellen; SJSU Professor of Political Science Kenneth Peter; Patricia Smith, president, SJSU Alumni Board, Judith Lessow-Hurley, chair of the SJSU Academic Senate, Fred Najjar, SJSU vice president, university advancement, and Don Lucas, chair, Tower Foundation Board, SJSU.

The purpose of the initial meeting is to discuss the role of the committee, set the schedule of meetings, discuss preferred attributes of the next president, review the descriptions of the campus and presidential position, and discuss any other business related to the search process.

The committee will work over the next several months reviewing applications and will conduct interviews with semi-finalists. It is expected that the finalists will make visits to the campus in the spring with a new president anticipated to be selected by the CSU Board of Trustees in May.

For more information about the CSU presidential search process, see the Executive Search page.

About California State University

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students year round and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 89,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See

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Last Update: January 03, 2008

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