Four Finalists Named for CSU East Bay Presidency

Contact: Claudia Keith, (562) 951-4813,

(April 27, 2006) – The California State University today named four finalists for the presidency of California State University, East Bay.

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

  • James W. Kho, vice president of operations, DeVry University, will visit CSU East Bay on Monday, May 8
  • Lois Muir, professor of psychology and former university provost and vice president for academic affairs, University of Montana, will visit CSU East Bay on Tuesday, May 9.
  • Judy K. Sakaki, vice chancellor of student affairs, University of California, Davis, will visit CSU East Bay on Wednesday, May 10.
  • Mohammad H. Qayoumi, vice president for administration and finance, California State University, Northridge, will visit CSU East Bay on Thursday, May 11.

Each of the four will spend a day on the campus meeting faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community. An open forum will be held daily for the campus community from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the University Theatre. An open reception will be held daily from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Music and Business Peristyle.

(There will be daily media access during the campus visit from 4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the University Theatre. Media, please contact Kim Huggett, 510/701-7567)

"The excellent academic and leadership experience of the four candidates reflect the profile of CSU East Bay as an inclusive, student-centered institution," said CSU Trustee Herbert Carter, chair of the presidential search committee. "Each has the breadth of experience and background for the campus that would continue to advance and position it well to reach its full potential."

The new president will succeed current President Norma S. Rees who is retiring in July.

The CSU Board of Trustees will interview the four finalists on May 15 and name the new East Bay president later that week. The trustees will set the president's salary at a subsequent board meeting. The new president would begin in the summer.

Kho has served in a variety of capacities with DeVry University since 2000 where he is currently vice president of operations, overseeing nine campuses and 20 centers with a total of 55,000 students. Previously, he was an executive fellow with the California State University Office of the Chancellor, and served as associate vice president of administration, associate dean, School of Engineering and Computer Science, and as chair of the Computer Science department, all at California State University, Sacramento.

Kho holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a B.S. in mathematics, University of the Philippines and an M.B.A. from California State University, Sacramento.

Muir was provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Montana, Missoula from 2000 to 2006 where she is still currently a professor of psychology. Previously, Muir was associate provost and professor of psychology at Kent State University; dean of graduate studies, and dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Kenesaw State University; executive assistant to the chancellor and professor of psychology, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse; an American Council on Education Fellow and assistant to the president, University of South Dakota; a visiting professor of psychology at Rutgers, and an associate professor of psychology in the cooperative program in Malaysia, Indiana University.

Muir holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in family and child development from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Sakaki has been vice chancellor of student affairs at University of California, Davis since 2002. Previously, Sakaki served as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at California State University, Fresno, and as an executive fellow in the California State University Office of the Chancellor. Sakaki has also held a number of positions with the California State University, Hayward, beginning in 1976 including outreach counselor, associate director, Educational Opportunity Program; lecturer and adjunct faculty member, Department of Educational Psychology, special assistant to the president on educational equity, and executive director, Student Academic Services.

Sakaki holds a B.A. in human development and an M.S. in educational psychology, both from California State University, Hayward and a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Qayoumi has been vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer at California State University, Northridge since 2000. He is a tenured professor of engineering management at California State University, Northridge. Previously, Qayoumi served as vice chancellor for administrative services and adjunct professor, University of Missouri-Rolla; associate vice president for administration, San Jose State University; director of utilities and engineering services, director of technical services, and staff engineer, University of Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, Qayoumi served as an engineer on a variety of projects in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Qayoumi holds a B.S. in electrical engineering, American University of Beirut, an M.S. in nuclear engineering, M.B.A. in finance and accounting and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering, all from the University of Cincinnati.

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

For more information on the candidates, go to

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California State University East Bay serves the San Francisco Bay region and has two campuses: Hayward and Concord, and a professional development center in the heart of downtown Oakland. The 343-acre main campus is located in the heart of the Bay Area in the hills of the East Bay, and due to its hilltop location, has a spectacular panoramic vista of the entire San Francisco Bay area. Nearly 13,000 attend Cal State East Bay, and the curriculum and student experience are designed to reflect and reinforce a broad view of the world.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 84,000 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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