Press Release

San José State Presidential Search Committee to Hold First Meeting




(October 28, 2010) – The California State University Board of Trustees will begin the search next month for a new president of San José State University to succeed interim President Don Kassing, who retired in 2008, and returned in September to serve in an interim capacity until a new president is selected.   

The first meeting of the search committee will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 18 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library at San José State University, One Washington Square.  This is the first and only meeting of the committee that is an open meeting.

CSU Trustee Debra Farar will chair the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President.  The other trustee members of the selection committee include Ken Fong, Melinda Guzman, Bob Linscheid, as well as Trustee Chair Herbert Carter and CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. 

Board policy requires the chair to appoint an advisory group to the trustees’ committee.  The Advisory Committee to the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President is composed of representatives of the faculty, students and alumni, as well as a member of the campus advisory board, all of whom are selected by the campus constituent groups.  Also on the advisory committee are a vice president or academic dean from the campus, and a president of another CSU campus, both selected by the chancellor.  Both committees function as one group.

Members of the Advisory Committee for the Selection of the President include:  CSU Monterey Bay President Dianne Harrison (president), John Gibbs (alumni), Lynda Heiden (faculty), Julie Jimenez (staff), Michael Kaufman (faculty/Academic Senate),Tomasz Kolodziejak (students), Constance Moore (foundation), Fred Najjar (vice president), Jennifer Rycenga (faculty), and Kim Walesh (community). 

The purpose of the initial meeting is to discuss the role of the committee, set the schedule of meetings, discuss preferred attributes of the next president, review the descriptions of the campus and presidential position, and discuss any other business related to the search process.

The committee will work over the next several months reviewing applications and will conduct interviews with semi-finalists.  It is expected that the finalists will make visits to the campus in early 2011, with a new president expected to be selected by the CSU Board of Trustees in the spring.

For more information about the CSU presidential search process, see the Executive Search page.


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