President's Blog

Aerial view of San Jose and SJSU

SJSU’s role in the continued development of downtown San Jose

As I prepare for a panel discussion taking place later this week about the future of downtown San Jose, it seems fitting to share an op-ed piece I wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle in November. Though the piece lays out the ways in which San Jose State can assist Google with its downtown San Jose development project, the ideas are applicable beyond that particular effort.

Spartans Shine photo and graphic

SJSU's new grads shine bright as holiday season approaches

December 17, 2019

Our second—and, now, traditional—fall commencement ceremonies have wrapped up. What exuberance and excitement! The happy, joyful faces we saw from students and their loved ones coincide with the onset of the holiday season and provide the perfect antidote to the chilly, damp weather and shortened daylight hours.

Group shot of SJSU women

Advancing opportunities for women in leadership roles in higher education

December 10, 2019

Recently, I attended the Fall Conference of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network of Northern California. Advancing opportunities for women in executive roles in higher education is deeply important work, and women especially know the immense value of professional networks in helping us along our way.

SJSU's Fire Weather Research Lab

"Cluster Hire" will lead to deeper focus on wildfire science research

November 20, 2019

Our "Cluster Hire" in Wildfire Science is the topic of my blog post this week. With the wildfires that have devastated so many CA communities recently, the interdisciplinary hiring approach we're taking is timely and urgent.

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