CSU Chancellor Appoints Kassing as Interim San José State University President

Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, (562) 951-4800, cbentley-adler@calstate.edu

(Sept. 15, 2004) - California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed today appointed Don W. Kassing as interim president of San José State University. Kassing, who has been serving as the university’s acting president for the past month, previously was the university’s vice president for administration and finance.

Kassing has been with SJSU since 1993, and has a total of 25 years of experience in higher education in Illinois, Kentucky, Colorado and California. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of business administration from St. Louis University.

It is expected that Kassing will serve in the interim position until the new president arrives on the campus. His salary, which will be confirmed by the California State University Board of Trustees, will be $230,004, and he will be provided with a university-leased condominium during his presidency.

The California State University Board of Trustees will initiate a search for a permanent president during the 2005/06 academic year. Kassing’s interim term will end when the new president arrives on the campus.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, more than 400,000 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 www.calstate.edu.

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Last Updated: Sept. 15, 2004

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