Campus: San José State University -- April 20, 2005
Former Mayor Susan Hammer to Receive Prestigious Tower Award from SJSU
The Honorable Susan Hammer, San Jose's mayor from 1991 to 1998, has been named
the recipient of San Josť State University's 2005 Tower Award, announced interim
President Don W. Kassing. This award for service is the highest given by the
"Former Mayor Hammer's efforts to integrate San Josť State and the community are
unparalleled," said Kassing. "The closing of San Carlos Street, which ran through
the campus, occurred on Hammer's watch. She was the driving force behind the
award-winning Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, which is now a model for cities
across the country. She also supported the protection and revitalization of the
neighborhoods surrounding the campus."
A native of Altadena, Calif., Hammer is a graduate of the University of California,
Berkeley. President Clinton recognized her leadership talents and ability to forge
consensus between the public and private sectors when he appointed her to the
President's Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations. She was the first
elected official and the first woman to chair this prestigious panel. During her
tenure as mayor, the high tech community flourished and San Jose remained one of
the safest major cities in the nation.
The Tower Award is presented annually to an individual in recognition for service
to San Josť State University. The recipient is selected by the Tower Foundation's
board of directors from solicited nominations.
The presentation to Hammer will take place at the 36th annual Tower Award Dinner
on Saturday, May 14.