California State University Trustees Appoint Permanent San José President, Name Interim Monterey Bay President

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(May 11, 2005) – The California State University Board of Trustees today appointed Don W. Kassing as the permanent president of San José State University, and also appointed Diane Cordero de Noriega as interim president of CSU Monterey Bay.

Kassing, who has been the interim president since September 2004, previously was SJSU's vice president for administration and finance. He has been at the university since 1993. He will serve as the permanent president until 2007, when a search will be undertaken for his successor.

Cordero de Noriega, who currently is CSUMB’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, is the CSU’s first Latina president. She previously (1994-1999) was dean of the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento. The CSU Board of Trustees will set her salary at the July meeting.

She will take over for current CSUMB President Peter Smith, who will leave in June to take the position of assistant director-general for education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

“These are two extremely effective people who will do their best for the students of their respective campuses and for the entire CSU system,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “We are fortunate to have both of them already in the CSU system. They know their campuses well and know what it takes to move their institutions forward.”

The search for a new president of CSU Monterey Bay will begin in September and is expected to take about six months.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, more than 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 82,000 annually. 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

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