Adela de la Torre was appointed president of San Diego State in January 2018. De la Torre is the ninth permanent president of SDSU and the first woman to serve in that role. She brings with her 30 years of service in leadership roles within institutions of higher education, including the California State University system, the University of Arizona and the University of California, Davis.
Prior to her appointment as president, she served as the vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity at UC Davis. De la Torre’s research focuses on aspects of Latino community health, a field in which SDSU is a national leader.
De la Torre served as Director for the UC-Davis Center for Transnational Health for 14 years, as chair of the UC Davis Chicana/Chicano Studies Department, as director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence in the College of Medicine at University of Arizona, and as director of the Mexican American Studies and Research Center at the University of Arizona. De la Torre was a professor at CSU Long Beach, and at the University of Arizona before joining UC Davis in 2002, where she became the first Latina to receive the rank of Distinguished Professor.
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