The California State University Announces Three Finalists for the Presidency of San José State University

Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, (562) 951-4801, cbentley-adler@calstate.edu

(October 30, 2003) – The California State University today named three finalists for the presidency of San José State University, the oldest of the CSU’s 23 campuses.

The three finalists, and the dates they will visit the campus for all-day meetings with campus groups are:

  • Judith A. Ramaley, associate director, Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation -- Tuesday, November 11.
  • Gregory M. St. L. O’Brien, chancellor, University of New Orleans, Wednesday -- November 12.
  • Sheila I. Kaplan, president emerita, Metropolitan State College of Denver -- Friday, November 14.

Each of the three will spend a day on the campus, meeting faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community. An open forum will be held daily for the campus community from 10:15-11:15 a.m. in Engineering Room 189. An open reception will be held at 5 p.m. daily in the King Library, Suite A. (There will be daily media access from 3-3:30 p.m. in Tower Hall.)

“These are three excellent candidates, any one of whom would make an outstanding president for San José State University,” said Trustee Bill Hauck, chair of the presidential search committee. “Each has top-level administrative and academic experience, and could lead this university forward as it deals with fiscal challenges facing both the state and the CSU system.”

The new president will succeed former President Bob Caret who assumed the presidency of Towson University in Maryland this past summer. Joseph N. Crowley, president emeritus of the University of Nevada, Reno, has been serving as interim president. He was not a candidate for the permanent position.

The CSU Board of Trustees will interview the finalists in closed session on November 18. The new leader will be named shortly thereafter and would assume the presidency on a date to be determined.

Ramaley, who is also a presidential professor of biomedical sciences and fellow at the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy, University of Maine at Orono, has been at NSF since 2001. She previously was the president of the University of Vermont and Portland State University. She held academic and administrative positions at the University of Nebraska, Indiana University, University of Kansas, and the State University of New York at Albany, where she also served as the acting president.

Her Ph.D. in anatomy is from UCLA and her bachelor’s degree in zoology is from Swarthmore College.

O’Brien, a professor of psychology and public affairs, has been chancellor of the University of New Orleans since 1987. Previously, he was the interim superintendent of the New Orleans Public Schools. He formerly was the provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of South Florida and the provost at the University of Michigan-Flint. He also has held academic and administrative positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Case Western Reserve University and Harvard Medical School.

His Ph.D. in psychology and his master’s degree in psychology are from Boston University. His bachelor’s degree in social relations is from Lehigh University.

Kaplan, a professor of history, was president of Metropolitan State College of Denver from 1993 to 2003. Previously, she was the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside; vice chancellor for academic affairs, Minnesota State University System; vice president for academic affairs, Winona State University; and director, City University of New York baccalaureate program. She has held academic positions at Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY), Brooklyn College of CUNY and Borough of Manhattan Community College of CUNY.

Her Ph.D. in history is from The Graduate School, City University of New York; her master’s degree in international studies is from Johns Hopkins University; and her bachelor’s degree in European history is from Hunter College, City University of New York.

The search for a new San José State University president began in May 2003. The search committee is composed of three trustees plus the board chair, the CSU chancellor, a CSU president, San José faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives and community people.

For more information on the candidates and the campus, go to executivesearch.calstate.edu .

San José State University is the Silicon Valley’s metropolitan university, located on 154 acres in downtown San José. SJSU’s 30,000 students are offered the best of both worlds: a large, multicultural campus and personal attention from faculty members in the smaller setting of the university’s eight colleges. San José State is the oldest of the CSU’s 23 campuses, dating back to 1857. Today, the university provides more graduates in business, science and engineering to the Silicon Valley than any other school in the nation.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 414,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu.


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