Speeches and Presentations


Fall Welcome Address [pdf] (Aug. 16, 2021) Note: a 12-part series of short Fall Welcome video messages is also available.

Executive Leadership Academy presentation [pdf] (Aug. 2, 2021)

Economic & Social Impact Study [pdf] - Heritage Society of SJSU presentation (June 24, 2021)


Fall Welcome Address [pdf] (Aug. 6, 2020) Note: a video presentation of this speech is available.

State of the University Speech [pdf] (March 9, 2020)

Note: this speech was to be delivered at the 2020 State of the University presentation on March 9. The event and speech were cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shelter-in-place orders.


December Commencement speech [pdf] (December, 2019)

Fall Welcome Address [pdf] (Aug. 22, 2019)

Silicon Valley Education Summit Presentation [pdf] (Aug. 9, 2019)

"Humanities for the 21st Century: Innovation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution" [pdf] speech to the Council of Graduate Schools (July 15, 2019)

Commencement Speech [pdf] (May 22-24, 2019)

State of the University Speech [pdf] (April 8, 2019)


Creating a Monster with Paradise Lost [pdf], presentation to Frankenstein Bicentennial Celebration 2018 (Sept. 18, 2018)

Fall Welcome Address [pdf] (Aug. 20, 2018)

Remarks at Rotary District Conference [pdf] (June 2, 2018)

San Jose Downtown Association presentation [pdf] (June, 2018)

Commencement speeches [pdf] (May 23-25, 2018)

Remarks at Kiwanis Club Scholarship Event [pdf] (April 5, 2018)

Remarks at San Jose Rotary [pdf] (April 4, 2018)

Remarks at Student Success Symposium [pdf] (March 15, 2018)

Remarks at Saratoga Rotary [pdf] (Feb. 16, 2018)


"People. Book. Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land" [pdf] (Nov. 28, 2017)

Assembly Select Committee on the Master Plan fro Higher Education in California [pdf] (Nov. 1, 2017)

Heritage Society Fall Luncheon [pdf] (Oct. 31, 2017)

Fall Welcome Address [pdf] (Aug. 24, 2017)

Remarks at Los Altos Rotary [pdf] (June 22, 2017)

Mineta Transportation Institute Convocation [pdf] (June 17, 2017)