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A Unique Moment In Our History

On April 20, SJSU had its first presidential inauguration since 1995. It was a time to recognize the talent and potential of the dreamers, innovators and high achievers in our university community.

Creating SJSU's Future

President Qayoumi’s inauguration was about more than the investiture of a single individual. It was a way to come together and reflect upon our collective role in creating SJSU’s future.

Celebrating A New Chapter

The inauguration of our president was a celebration of both the university’s 155 years of tradition and the possibilities for transformation that new leadership brings.

Presidential Inauguration, Friday, April 20, 2012

On April 20, 2012, Mohammad H. Qayoumi was formally invested as the 28th president of San José State University. Ceremonies began at 9:30 a.m. in the Event Center on campus. After the ceremony, there was an all-campus celebration in front of the Event Center. All members of our community – students, faculty and staff members, alumni, parents, neighbors and friends – celebrated this occasion.

President Qayoumi served as president of Cal State East Bay from 2006 to 2011. He arrived at Cal State East Bay from Cal State Northridge, where he served as vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer from 2000 to 2006, and was also a tenured professor of engineering management. Previously, President Qayoumi served as associate vice president for administration at SJSU. Read his full biography.