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San Jose State President Qayoumi Stepping Down to Serve as Chief Advisor to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani




Qayoumi to provide strategic counsel on infrastructure & technology initiatives

San Jose State President Mohammad Qayoumi has decided to step down as president and leave the university next month to become the Chief Advisor for Infrastructure and Technology to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.  Qayoumi has served as the president of San Jose State since 2011.  His service to the CSU system spans more than two decades.  His last day of service will be August 17.

“Mo is leaving the campus with a solid fiscal foundation and proud legacy of achievements.  His laser focus on innovation, coupled with his tireless work in expanding the visibility of the campus within the technology sector, have advanced the campus’ stronghold in the region as a leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “The trustees and I thank Mo for his decades of service to the CSU.  We are also thrilled that he is being given this unique professional opportunity to contribute to infrastructure projects that will improve the quality of life and prosperity of the people of Afghanistan,” he added.

Qayoumi joined the CSU in 1986 as the associate vice president for Administration at San Jose State.  During his decades of service to the CSU, he also served as a professor and administrator at CSU Northridge and the president of CSU East Bay.

An interim president will be appointed and a national search will be launched for Qayoumi’s successor.

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