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Former San Jose State President Appointed As Interim Leader of University

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(May, 27, 2010) – Don W. Kassing, who retired as president of San Jose State University in 2008, has been appointed as interim president of the university following the departure of Jon Whitmore who was recently named as CEO of ACT, Inc., an international not-for-profit corporation.

Kassing served in various capacities at the campus since 1993, and was named president in 2005 after serving in an interim capacity for a year.

"We are very fortunate that Don and Amy Kassing have agreed to give up their retirement, and come back to San Jose from their home in Phoenix," said CSU Board Trustee Herbert L. Carter. "Don served San Jose State in an outstanding manner, and the CSU Board of Trustees is extremely grateful and appreciative that he has agreed to serve as interim president."

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said, "Don will be welcomed back to the campus and we know that it will be in the hands of a proven leader with a record of stability and familiarity with the campus, students and community."

Kassing will assume the interim appointment on August 1, and will serve until a presidential search is completed sometime in 2011. His salary will be set at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in July.

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San Jose State -- Silicon Valley's largest institution of higher learning with 27,400 students and 3,190 employees -- is part of the California State University system. SJSU's 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation's 10th largest city.

California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 433,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 92,000 annually.