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Leroy M. Morishita Appointed Permanent East Bay President

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(January 25, 2012) – Leroy M. Morishita, who has served as interim president of California State University, East Bay since April 2011, today was named as permanent president of the campus effective immediately. Prior to coming to East Bay, Morishita served in a variety of senior leadership positions at San Francisco State University during his 29 year tenure at the campus.

“Since he arrived at East Bay, Leroy has demonstrated the leadership skills, administrative experience, and interaction with students, staff, faculty and the community that are critical to the role of president," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "He has developed good relationships with key stakeholders and will continue to move the campus in the right direction."

Morishita served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at SFSU from 2009 to 2011, and was also vice president and chief financial officer for the campus. Morishita has also been a leader in fiscal and budget planning for SFSU and the CSU system office, chairing the CSU Risk Management Authority and serving on a number of systemwide and state committees on budget, investment, human resources and other policy issues.

Raised on a grape and plum farm near Fresno, following his public school education Morishita went on to attend the University of California at Berkeley where he received his bachelor's degree in psychology, a master's degree from SFSU in counseling, and a doctorate of education from Harvard in administration, planning and social policy.


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