Campus: San Josť State University -- September 20, 2002
Global Studies Institute Established By SJSU
Said Goodman, "San Josť State University serves the Silicon Valley, a region whose needs are
distinctly global in nature. A globally-oriented, quality liberal arts education, combined with
highly professional degree programs, will boost the chances for graduates to succeed in the world
of the 21st century."
The institute will be directed by Michael Conniff, whose long career in international education
includes service as a Peace Corps volunteer, a foreign aid specialist, Fulbright scholar and consultant.
At Auburn University, in Alabama, and the University of South Florida, Conniff developed new curricula
and won grants and contracts to support overseas programs. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Conniff
has published a number of books about Latin America.
Joseph Olander will serve as senior fellow for the GSI. Prior to SJSU, Olander worked in higher
education in Japan, China and Australia, and has lectured and consulted throughout the Pacific Basin.
He chaired the board of directors of Global Education Services and presided over two private
international universities in the United States, a private K-university school in China, and The
Evergreen State College in Washington. He also served as executive vice president of Florida
International University and vice president of academic affairs at the University of Texas at El
Paso. A member of the Education Council of the United States Olympic Committee for the past eight
years, Olander has authored, co-authored, and edited 48 books.
"The Global Studies Institute will build on SJSU's competitive advantages and craft infrastructures
through which the curricula and personnel will mesh more closely with the community it serves,"
Contacts: Nancy L. Stake or Ron Bottini at 408-924-1166