San José State University — President

The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees invites nominations and applications for the position of President of San José State University (SJSU). Founded in 1857, SJSU is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University System. The next president will report to the Chancellor of the CSU System and serve as the chief executive, academic and administrative leader for San José State University, overseeing strategic planning, budget management and fundraising, human resources, academic programming, facilities maintenance, and all other areas of operation. 

The successful candidate will be a visionary leader with the proven ability to support leading-edge programs and systems within a large, multi-faceted public university. The next president will embrace the role of a leading public university located in the global capital of innovation and creativity. The next president will build on existing partnerships to provide access to the most innovative, cutting-edge technology to support the University’s efforts to continue to be the most transformative university in the United States. SJSU takes pride in its long and storied history of student civil rights activism, service to first-generation students, ethnic and cultural diversity, and location in the vibrant cultural communities and robust economy of Silicon Valley. This opportunity should be viewed in conjunction with a curated set of videos that more fully communicate San José State University’s key attributes and opportunities.

San José State University (SJSU), the oldest state university in California, is a large, comprehensive public university, currently serving over 36,000 resident and non-resident undergraduate, graduate, and credential students in the heart of Silicon Valley. It is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University System (CSU), which educates over 480,000 students yearly. Its highly diverse student body, 42% of whom are first-generation college students, reflects the demographics of the local community, and qualifies SJSU for designation as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). For more information, visit SJSU’s website at: 

For further information about the position and its requirements, please review the position profile here: 

Nominations and Applications
Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities, key priorities, and attributes outlined in this leadership profile, a current CV or résumé, and the names and contact information of five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

For full consideration, applications should be received by August 31, 2022. The search committee will continue its work until an appointment is made. 

Application materials and nominations should be sent electronically to: 

AGB Search is assisting San José State University with this important search. Please direct nominations and inquiries to the AGB Search Consultants: 

Dr. Rod McDavis, Managing Principal, / (804) 514-1982
Dr. Melissa Trotta, Associate Managing Principal, / (202) 380-8927
Mr. Andrew Bowen, Executive Search / (802) 345-1279

 San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion, or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all educational programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).