On Sunday, many of us will participate in events that memorialize the events of September 11, 2001, and remember those who lost their lives that day. I hope you will join me as we pause to reflect on the victims, their families, friends and others whose lives were forever changed.
We were saddened today to learn about the passing of Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, a friend not only to SJSU but to our entire nation for his many contributions. Secretary Mineta, a San José native, was a legendary, towering figure who made important, lasting, positive contributions to our region and country.
It is with deep sadness that I report to you the passing of Brian Bates, who recently left SJSU after a memorable and impactful 15-year tenure at our campus. Brian served in several leadership roles in alumni relations throughout his career in higher education and, in addition to his substantial duties in alumni relations at San José State, most recently guided his team with the management and logistics of SJSU’s commencement ceremonies.
Many of you who follow Spartan Athletics know Lawrence Fan, a consummate sports information director who was recognized this past fall for attending more than 500 SJSU football games. It is with a heavy heart that I pass along word of his death late Monday night.