Best wishes for a safe, restful and healthy long weekend

As we look ahead to upcoming commencement ceremonies and the anticipation we share with our current and recent graduates, we pause these next few days for a brief but welcomed holiday break. The extended weekend is, for many of us, a time to reflect, spend time with loved ones and express gratitude for what we have.  

“Share Your Spartan Heart” and Support Our Students

I am pleased today to kick off a timely and related campaign, one that begins today and continues until Dec. 10. Known as “Share Your Spartan Heart,” the campaign is intended to raise awareness among students that SJSU Cares services are available, and give faculty, staff and students a way to support these efforts. The campaign offers all members of our campus community the opportunity to donate to SJSU Cares and thus help those students in need with food and emergency housing support.

SJSU’s digital transformation was no accident, but a result of planning and forward-thinking

While the pandemic these past 18 months has been fraught with many challenges for institutions such as ours, a silver lining of sorts at San José State has been the incredible success of our digital platforms. Specifically, the SJSU technology team was critical to our ability to pivot to a virtual environment when we suddenly needed to do so. 

Stepping Away from the Presidency

On September 25, after thoughtful consideration and discussions with my family, I made the decision to step away as president of San José State University at the end of the fall semester. I truly love this university and believe this choice will allow the focus going forward to be on our talented, diverse, and outstanding campus. I will conclude my tenure as president on December 21, 2021.

Our Growing Reputation As Silicon Valley’s Public Graduate School

I had the opportunity earlier this spring to offer welcome remarks at the CSU’s Grad Slam competition. As our College of Graduate Studies is the first graduate college in the CSU system, we were honored and delighted to host our Cal State colleagues and campus representatives. The event reminded me of all the amazing progress we have made with our graduate programs these past few years.