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(March 11, 2011) – The California State University today named three finalists for the presidency of San José State University.  The finalists and the dates they will visit the campus for all-day meetings with various groups are:

  • Mohammad H. Qayoumi, president, California State University, East Bay, will visit the campus on Monday, March 14.
  • Leroy M. Morishita, executive vice president and chief financial officer, at San Francisco State University, will visit the campus on Tuesday, March 15.
  • David Steele, dean, College of Business, San José State University, will visit the campus on Wednesday, March 16.

Each of the finalists will spend a day on campus meeting faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community.  An open forum will be held for the campus community from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Engineering Room 189. 

There will be daily media availability during the campus visit from 11:40 a.m. to noon in Clark Hall 349.  Media, please contact Pat Lopes Harris, (408) 924-1748.

"Each of the three candidates has the excellent academic and leadership experience needed to head a diverse, urban and progressive campus like San José State," said CSU Trustee Debra Farar, chair of the presidential search committee. 

The new president will 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 CSU Board of Trustees will interview the three finalists on March 21 and name the new San José president later that week.  The new president would begin in the summer. 

Qayoumi has served as president of California State University, East Bay since 2006.  He came to Cal State East Bay from Cal State Northridge, where he served as vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer from 2000 until 2006, and was also a tenured professor of engineering management.  Previously, Qayoumi served as vice chancellor for administrative services, University of Missouri-Rolla; associate vice president for administration, San José State University; director of utilities and engineering services, director of technical services, and staff engineer, University of Cincinnati, Ohio.  In addition, Qayoumi served as an engineer on a variety of projects in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. 

Qayoumi holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, American University of Beirut.  He holds four degrees from the University of Cincinnati: a Master of Science in nuclear engineering, a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. 

Morishita is currently executive vice president and chief financial officer, administration and finance at San Francisco State University.  He has held this position since 2009, and the prior seven years was the vice president and chief financial officer for the campus.  He has held positions of successive responsibility during his 29 years with SFSU, as well as chairs the CSU Risk Management Authority and serves on a number of systemwide and statewide committees on budget, investments, human resources and other policy issues.

Morishita received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in counseling at San Francisco State University, and a doctorate of education from Harvard in administration, planning and social policy.

Steele joined San José State in 2008 as dean, College of Business and Lucas Graduate School of Business.  Previously, Steele served as dean of the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the largest private university in New Jersey.  He was also professor and dean of the College of Business at Florida Institute of Technology.  Steele rose through the ranks of Chevron Corporation to become president of Chevron Latin America, and also served as an executive consultant for a number of international early-stage ventures.

Steele received his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Birmingham University in England, and completed graduate business training at UC Berkeley and at the Wharton School. 

For more information on the candidates, go to executive search.

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