Mohammad Qayoumi

SJSU Officials to Testify at Senate Budget Hearing

Mohammad Qayoumi

Incoming SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi will speak at a Senate budget committee hearing May 6 at Microsoft.

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SAN JOSE, CA – Incoming SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi and SJSU Tower Foundation Board Member Amir Mashkoori will testify at a Senate Budget Committee hearing 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 6 at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus.

The Microsoft Conference Center is in Building 1, 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View. The hearing will also be broadcast live on the Senate Budget Committee website. The committee is chaired by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).

“My fellow budget committee members and I want to better understand how an additional $14 billion in cuts – which would impact K-12 education, community colleges and universities – would affect local economies and families in each of our communities,” Leno said.

Qayoumi is well positioned to speak on the impact of budget cuts on students as president of CSU East Bay and former associate vice president for administration at San Jose State. His tenure as SJSU president begins July 1.

SJSU Tower Foundation Board Member Amir Mashkoori, B.S. Business ’84, M.B.A ’86, will speak on the impact of education cuts on business. Mashkoori’s background includes 30 years in the semiconductor industry, with nearly two decades at AMD. The Tower Foundation assists with management of all SJSU philanthropic donations.

Others testifying include University of California President Mark G. Yudof and Silicon Valley executive Kim Karin Polese, a former Marimba CEO named by several publications as one of the top business entrepreneurs in the country.

More than 235,000 people attend public colleges and universities in the greater Silicon Valley, including more than 29,000 students at San Jose State. Nearly 600,000 children attend schools in 70 K-12 districts.

Press packets available at the hearing will also include copies of a power point presentation and budget summaries. Those wishing to have electronic copies of this information and a meeting agenda in advance may contact Mark Hedlund, 916-651-4006,