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CSU Trustees Appoint Jon Whitmore President of San Josť State

(May 14, 2008) –The California State University Board of Trustees today named Texas Tech University President Jon Whitmore as president of San José State University. 

“It is a distinct honor to be given the opportunity to serve as president of San José State.  All of the fine faculty, staff, and students who my wife Jennifer and I met during our campus visit indicated a deep commitment to taking the university to greater levels of academic excellence,” said Whitmore.  “Because of San José State’s unique location as a vibrant city in the heart of Silicon Valley, the opportunity to further develop a top-tier student-centered urban university is all but assured.”

Whitmore was one of three finalists for the position who spent last week visiting the campus.  Whitmore will assume the San José presidency in the summer, and succeeds retiring President Don Kassing who has led the university since 2004.  The Board of Trustees will set Whitmore’s compensation during the July board meeting, and he will begin his new position on August 1. 

“Dr. Whitmore’s outstanding academic credentials, proven leadership abilities, and commitment to students will be a tremendous asset to the campus and the community,” said CSU Trustee William Hauck, chair of the presidential search committee.  “His strong administrative skills, management style, and ability to connect with students combined with a vision for the campus are the perfect combination to lead San José State into the future.”

Whitmore has served as president of Texas Tech University since 2003 where he also holds a professorship in theatre.  From 1996 to 2003, Whitmore served as provost and professor of theatre arts at the University of Iowa, and was dean, College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin from 1990 to 1996.  Whitmore was also dean, Faculty of Arts and Letters at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1985 to 1990 where he was also a professor of theatre.  Whitmore was affiliated with West Virginia University from 1974 to 1985, where he served as interim dean for the College of Creative Arts, interim director of the Creative Arts Center, faculty member, and as assistant to the president.

His Ph.D. is in theatre history from the University of California, Santa Barbara; his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in speech, Washington State University.

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San Josť State is the Silicon Valleyís largest institution of higher learning with 32,000 students and 5,700 employees. The campus is the number one supplier of engineering, education, computer science and business graduates to the area. The oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast and one of the largest CSU campuses, it has been ranked among the top 10 public colleges and universities in the West that offer a full range of bachelorís and masterís degrees.

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