CSU Leader
News and Information for California State University Leaders
Vol. 10, No. 7, March 24, 2011

Coping with Cuts

This week, the CSU Board of Trustees reviewed and discussed survival strategies for the governor's proposed $500 million cut in state funding for the 2011-12 fiscal year. The reduction in funding from last year will actually total $550 million once mandatory costs, including increased energy and employee health premiums, are added.

The massive reduction in funding means cuts will be made throughout the CSU system - campus and chancellor's office budget reductions will total nearly $300 million. The CSU will also decrease funded student enrollment by over 10,000, saving an additional $60 million.

The possibility of a $1 billion cut exists if Californians reject the proposed tax extensions or the tax extensions don't reach a ballot. More.

Mohammad Qayoumi Selected as San José State President

Mohammad Qayoumi Selected as San José State President

The California State University Board of Trustees has named Mohammad Qayoumi, president of California State University, East Bay, as president of San José State University.

Qayoumi has served as president of Cal State East Bay since 2006. Previously, he served as vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer at Cal State Northridge. Qayoumi, who succeeds SJSU's current interim President Don Kassing, will assume the San José presidency in the summer.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected and to accept the challenge of leading San José State University in the years ahead," said Qayoumi. "The tremendous opportunities and boundless possibilities of SJSU will only be limited by our imagination. I look forward to working with the talented students to ensure they have a rich and rewarding college experience and to prepare them for future success." More.

Lending a Hand to Japan

Lending a Hand to JapanCSU campuses are reaching out to the Japanese people following the country’s devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on Mar. 11 that also damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant. Campus community members were quick to raise funds and reach out to Japanese students affected by the disaster. More.


Sonoma State Receives Largest Gift in History

Sonoma State University received a $12 million gift for the Green Music Center from philanthropists Joan and Sandy Weill, enabling the university to complete the spectacular concert hall and adjoining lawn and commons performance venues. More.

Obama Town Hall to Cap CSU Latino Summit

Cal State San Bernardino's second annual Latino Education and Advocacy Days summit will be highlighted by an interactive town hall discussion with President Barack Obama. More.

CSUB Builds Futures, Brick by Brick

CSU Bakersfield will host hundreds of 6th through 11th graders and their parents for an educational forum stressing the importance of early academic and financial planning to prepare for college. More.

SF State Spearheads Novel Way to Train Teachers

The College of Education at San Francisco State teamed up with a middle school in one of the city's toughest neighborhoods. Together, they will pilot a novel approach to preparing California's public school teachers. More.

CSU Chico Educators Finalists in National STEM Competition

A science inquiry class at Chico State was selected as one of 12 finalists in a national competition that seeks to change the way science is taught. More.

Current and Past Aztecs Gather at Annual Entrepreneur Day

San Diego State student and alumni entrepreneurs assembled on campus to showcase their businesses for Entrepreneur Day. The annual event is part of the Lavin Entrepreneur Program, which gives SDSU students interested in starting their own businesses the opportunity to work with alumni who have done the same. More.


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