Board of Directors

The Tower Foundation provides a means, through membership on the Board of Directors, to engage prominent alumni and citizens in the life of the university. Board members play a critical role in shaping the philanthropic strategy and work closely with the university to reach out to other graduates and businesses in the community to build commitment and funding for San José State.

Tower's Board of Directors is composed of a maximum of 35 community members, many of whom must be SJSU alumni. Members are elected to three-year terms. Officers of the Board are elected by the membership and serve one-year terms. The Board's five committees, Executive, Finance and Investment, Audit, Nominating and Governance and Development, advise the Foundation on campaign development, investments, public relations and long-range planning. It is the responsibility of each board member to take a leading philanthropic role by making annual contributions to SJSU.

Six ex officio members, including the San Jose State president and members of his senior cabinet, serve on the Tower Board of Directors. The board meets four times a year.

Tower Foundation Board of Directors 2015-2016 

Susan W. Martin, SJSU Interim President
Edward A. Oates, Chairman of the Board, '68
John W. Baird, Vice Chairman of the Board

Keith Barnes, '76
Gene Bleymaier, SJSU Athletic Director
Laurence Boucher '69, '70
Phillip R. Boyce, '66
Stephen Caplan, '65
Richard Conniff, '87
Charles W. Davidson, '57
Rod Diridon, '62, '64
Dana Ditmore
Andrew Hale Feinstein, SJSU Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs 
Leslie C. Francis, '65
Wanda Hendrix, '77, '94
Anthony Jackson, '71, '73
Jim Jimenez, '68, '75
Michael Kaufman, Faculty Member Appointee
Paul Lanning, SJSU Vice President, University Advancement and Tower CEO
Josee Larochelle, SJSU Vice President for Administration and Finance
Donald L. Lucas, '59
Amir Mashkoori, '84 and '86
Coleetta McElroy, '97
Jenny Ming, '78
Constance B. Moore, '77
Joseph Parisi
Leslie Rohn, Secretary
Gary J. Sbona, '66
Cynthia A. Thawley, '77
Richard L. Thawley, '77
Peter Ueberroth '59
Beth Von Till, Faculty Member Appointee
David Weng, '83

Meeting Schedules



General Counsel

Hopkins and Carley