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Maryland educator named president of San Diego State

May 11, 2011 | 12:21 pm

The California State University Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that it has named Elliot Hirshman, a top Maryland educator, as the new president of San Diego State. Hirshman will succeed Stephen L. Weber,  who is stepping down this summer after serving in the post for 15 years.

Hirshman, 50, is currently provost and senior vice president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he oversees  academic programs, admissions, financial aid and Division 1 intercollegiate athletics.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen to serve as the next president of San Diego State,” Hirshman said in a statement. “This university has unlimited potential and I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff and the community to continue building on its foundation of excellence.”

Hirshman was one of three finalists for the position and spent last week visiting the campus. Trustees lauded his academic record and administrative experience.

“Those factors along with his exciting vision for the future of San Diego State make him an excellent choice to steward the university into the next decade,” said William Hauck, who chaired the presidential search committee.

Hirshman previously served as chief research officer at George Washington University, where he also chaired the psychology department. He also held positions at the University of Colorado, Denver and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Yale University and a master’s degree and Ph.D in cognitive psychology from UCLA.

The board will  set Hirshman’s compensation at its July meeting.


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