Administration
Elliot Hirshman
Elliot Hirshman

Dr. Elliot Hirshman

San Diego State University

Office of the President

 

Dr. Elliot Hirshman was appointed in 2011 as president of San Diego State University –a high-research university recently named one of the country’s top “Up-and-Coming Schools.”

Dr. Hirshman is committed to student success and to ensuring that students from all backgrounds achieve academic excellence. SDSU is among the nation’s most ethnically and economically diverse universities. It is a top producer of Fulbright awardees and a leader in the number of students who study abroad.

Under Dr. Hirshman’s leadership, SDSU has created a strategic plan “Building on Excellence” that identifies critical initiatives in the areas of student success, research and creative endeavors, and community and communication. Implementation began in the fall of 2013, and updates are available at http://go.sdsu.edu/strategicplan/. To support the implementation of “Building on Excellence,” SDSU is pursuing an integrated financial strategy, including its first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The campaign goal is to raise $500 million for student and faculty support, and more information can be found at http://campaign.sdsu.edu/

Dr. Hirshman serves on the boards of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. His research and teaching focus on the psychopharmacology of human cognition, using an interdisciplinary approach that involves collaboration among psychologists, medical doctors and statisticians.


Academic Experience

President, San Diego State University, 2011 to present

Provost and Senior Vice President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2008 2011

Chief Research Officer, George Washington University, 2005 2008

Chair, Department of Psychology, George Washington University, 2002 2005

Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Denver, 2000 2002

Special Assistant to the Provost, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998 1999

American Council on Education Fellow, Office of the Provost and President, Arizona State University, 1997 1998

Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000

Associate Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995 2000

Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989 1995


Education

Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship, New York University

Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., Cognitive Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., summa cum laude, Economics and Mathematics, Yale University