Alexander Gonzalez
Alexander Gonzalez

Dr. Alexander Gonzalez

California State University, Sacramento

Office of the President


Alexander Gonzalez was appointed the 11th president of California State University, Sacramento in 2003. He has served more than three decades in the CSU as a professor and education leader. At Sacramento State, Gonzalez recently completed his Destination 2010 initiative to transform the campus into a premier metropolitan university. Destination 2010 led to the creation of new academic and student programs, unprecedented community support for scholarships, and construction of a 606-bed apartment-style residence hall and a student-funded 150,000-square-foot recreation and wellness center.

Gonzalez was recognized as Business Man of the Year by the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2009. Other honors include being inducted into his East Los Angeles high school’s Hall of Fame (Garfield High) in 2007, and being named an Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce Community Honoree for 2008. His service in the U.S. Air Force gave him the opportunity to use the GI Bill to earn his undergraduate degree at Pomona College. He also was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in 1982-83, where his research specialized in the psychology of time.

Following his belief that universities and communities must work together to improve lives and opportunities, Gonzalez serves on the Sutter Health Board of Directors and the Pomona College Board of Trustees. He also was appointed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Student Aid Commission.

Academic Experience

President, California State University, Sacramento, 2003 to date.

President, California State University, San Marcos, 1998-2003.

Interim President, California State University, San Marcos, 1997-98.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, California State University, Fresno, 1992-97.

Acting Provost, California State University, Fresno, 1991-92.

Assistant to the President, California State University, Fresno, 1990-91.

Chair, Department of Psychology, California State University, Fresno, 1987-90.


Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz
M.S., Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford
B.A., History, Pomona College
Studies in Law, Harvard School of Law