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Provost Resigns, Accepts New CSU Position

Ellen Junn

Ellen Junn

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Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Ellen Junn has accepted an offer to become provost at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her last day at SJSU will be Jan. 17.

“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone in the SJSU community,” Junn said.

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,” she continued. “I will miss you all and send you my warmest wishes for a continued and bright future.”

Prior to coming to San Jose, Junn 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.

“San Jose State has gained much from Ellen’s passion for fostering student success,” President Mohammad Qayoumi said.

Arriving at SJSU in January 2012, Junn re-energized SJSU’s 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.

Qayoumi has begun seeking input on a succession plan, and will name an interim provost prior to Junn’s departure.