Elliot Hirshman has served as president of San Diego State University since 2011 — a period in which SDSU has raised its profile as a major public research university. SDSU ranks in the top 15 for students studying abroad and for ethnic and economic diversity; Forbes, Fortune and U.S. News & World Report rank it in the top 25 for entrepreneurship; and the university has produced 85 Fulbright student scholars in the past decade.
Under President Hirshman’s leadership, SDSU has implemented an integrated budget and financial strategy, created a new strategic plan, raised more than $700 million in private philanthropy for scholarships and new initiatives and programs, established and endowed its Honors College, and built and remodeled facilities across campus. The Campaign for SDSU’s final phase is raising additional funds to endow scholarships, professorships, programs and research and to build a new Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences complex.
President Hirshman is committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds achieve excellence and go on to personal and professional success. The university is recognized nationally for increasing retention and graduation rates — rates that are equal across ethnic and racial groups. It is among the nation’s leaders for graduating students of color.
Dr. Hirshman is an incoming member of the NCAA Board of Directors and former chairman of the Mountain West Conference Board. He is president of the SDSU Research Foundation Board and a member of the university's Campanile Foundation Board. He also serves on the boards of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
President, San Diego State University, 2011 to present
Provost and Senior Vice President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2008 – 2011
Chief Research Officer, George Washington University, 2005 – 2008
Chair, Department of Psychology, George Washington University, 2002 – 2005
Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Denver, 2000 – 2002
Special Assistant to the Provost, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998 – 1999
American Council on Education Fellow, Office of the Provost and President, Arizona State University, 1997 – 1998
Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995 – 2000
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989 – 1995
Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship, New York University
Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Cognitive Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., summa cum laude, Economics and Mathematics, Yale University