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Cal State trustees appoint Mohammad Qayoumi president of San Jose State University

March 23, 2011 |  2:00 pm

The California State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday appointed Mohammad Qayoumi as the new president of San Jose State University.

Qayoumi is currently president of Cal State East Bay and was among three finalists for the top job at San Jose State, a Silicon Valley institution with more than 30,000 students.

“The tremendous opportunities and boundless possibilities of San Jose State University will only be limited by our imagination,” Qayoumi, 59, said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the talented students to ensure they have a rich and rewarding college experience and to prepare them for future success.”

Qayoumi will assume the San Jose presidency in the summer and succeeds interim President Don Kassing.

Qayoumi was named head of the East Bay campus in 2006 after serving as vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer at Cal State Northridge, where he was also a professor of engineering management. Previously, he was an associate vice president for administration at San Jose State and held technical and engineering posts at the University of Cincinnati.

A native of Afghanistan, Qayoumi received a bachelor of science degree from American University of Beirut and four degrees, including a PhD in electrical engineering, from the University of Cincinnati.

Cal State officials said they were impressed by Qayoumi’s management skills, commitment to student access and forward-looking technology initiatives. Qayoumi led the East Bay campus to adopt a new  academic focus on science, technology, engineering and math, oversaw development of a new master plan and increased fundraising goals.

“His energy, innovation, progressive vision and ability to connect with students provide a strong foundation to lead San Jose State moving forward,” said trustee Debra Farar, who chaired the search committee.

The Board of Trustees will determine Qayoumi’s compensation at its May meeting.


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