Provost Transition

This message was originally emailed campus-wide on December 10, 2013:

Dear Spartans,

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Ellen Junn has accepted an offer to serve as provost at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her last day with us will be January 17.

Ellen shared with me that she would like to "extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone in the SJSU community. It has been a joy getting to know and work with so many wonderful colleagues and students here. The opportunity to return to Southern California to be near my family has been a critical factor in my decision. While I am very saddened to leave this remarkable campus, I know San Jose State has the strength and integrity to flourish. I will miss you all and send you my warmest wishes for a continued and bright future.”

San Jose State has gained much from Ellen’s passion for fostering student success. She re-energized our graduation rate initiative, developed the university’s academic plan through 2017, and established departmental grants designed to improve retention and graduation rates while supporting new methods of teaching and learning. Prior to coming to San Jose, Ellen served at CSU Fresno, where she established a center for the advancement of teaching and learning, reconfigured academic technology, and secured WASC accreditation and approval for a variety of new graduate, doctoral, international and online degree programs.

I have begun seeking input on a succession plan, and will name an interim provost prior to Ellen’s departure. Details on a farewell event will be provided soon.

Sincerely,

Mohammad Qayoumi
President