California State University Names Two Finalists for San José State Presidency

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(April 6, 2004) – The California State University today named two finalists for the presidency of San José State University, the oldest of the CSU’s 23 campuses.

The two finalists, and the dates they will visit the campus for all-day meetings with campus groups, are:

  • Paul Yu, president, State University of New York College at Brockport - Tuesday, April 13.
  • Richard S. Jarvis, chancellor, Oregon University System - Thursday, April 15.

Each finalist will spend a day on the SJSU campus, meeting faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community. On both April 13 and 15, an open forum will be held for the campus community from 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. in Engineering Room 189. On both April 13 and 15, an open reception will be held from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. in the King Library, room 225. (Media access on both days will be from 2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m. in Tower Hall, room 110.)

“Each one of these outstanding candidates could provide solid leadership for San José State University,” said Trustee Bill Hauck, chair of the presidential search committee. “They both possess strong academic and administrative skills, and their experience in other large university systems will help them in California, as the CSU system continues to fight for quality, access and affordability at all 23 campuses.”

The new president will succeed former President Bob Caret who assumed the presidency of Towson University in Maryland in summer 2003. Joseph N. Crowley, president emeritus of the University of Nevada, Reno, has been serving as interim president. He was not a candidate for the permanent position.

The CSU Board of Trustees will interview the finalists at a special meeting in closed session on April 19. The new leader will be named shortly thereafter and will assume the presidency on a date to be determined.

Yu, who has been president at SUNY College at Brockport since 1997, previously was provost and senior vice president, academic affairs at Butler University, where he also served as vice president, academic affairs, and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. At Central Michigan University he was the associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and chair of the philosophy department. He also was a Fulbright Lecturer in Philosophy at the National Taiwan University.

His Ph.D., master’s and bachelor’s degrees are all in philosophy and were earned at the University of Michigan.

Jarvis, who has been chancellor of the Oregon University System since 2002, previously was chancellor of the United States Open University, and chancellor of the University & Community College System of Nevada. At the State University of New York System, he was the acting provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, and the vice provost for academic programs and research. At SUNY Fredonia, he was the vice president for academic affairs and professor of geosciences. At SUNY Buffalo, he held several administrative and academic positions. He also was a lecturer in geography at Durham University, England.

His Ph.D., master’s and bachelor’s degrees are all in geography and they were earned at Cambridge University, England.

The CSU presidential search committee is composed of three trustees plus the board chair, the CSU chancellor, a CSU president, San José faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives and community members.

For more information on the candidates, go to .

San José State University is the Silicon Valley’s metropolitan university, located on 154 acres in downtown San José. SJSU’s 30,000 students are offered the best of both worlds: a large, multicultural campus and personal attention from faculty members in the smaller setting of the university’s eight colleges. San José State is the oldest of the CSU’s 23 campuses, dating back to 1857. Today, the university provides more graduates in business, science and engineering to the Silicon Valley than any other school in the nation.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 409,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 77,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See

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Last Updated: April 6, 2004

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