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January 14, 2011 > Mohammed H. Qayoumi

Mohammed H. Qayoumi

Submitted by East Bay Economic Development Alliance
Photo by Simon Wong

Each year, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) presents one or more Vision Awards to exceptional individuals or organizations that have greatly advanced the economic vitality and quality of life of the East Bay. On January 7, 2011, East Bay EDA recognized Mohammed H. Qayoumi, President of Cal State University East Bay (CSUEB).

Qayoumi is an engineer and professor who has served since 2006 as the fourth president of CSUEB. He has worked in university administration for more than 30 years. He was born in Afghanistan and is the first person of Afghan descent to head a major US university.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the American University of Beirut and four degrees from the University of Cincinnati - Master of Science, nuclear engineering; Master of Science, electrical and computer engineering; MBA in finance and Ph.D., electrical engineering. Qayoumi, a licensed professional engineer and a certified management accountant, has published eight books, more than 85 articles and has made technical presentations throughout the US and in 10 other countries. He is a tenured professor of engineering at CSUEB.

Before coming to the United States, Qayoumi worked as an engineer in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. From 1979 to 1986, he held positions at the University of Cincinnati, including Staff Engineer, Director of Technical Services and Director of Utilities and Engineering Services. In 1986, he took a position as Associate Vice President for Administration at San Jose State University. He served as Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services at the University of Missouri-Rolla from 1995 to 2000. He then moved to California State University, Northridge, where he served as Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer and as a tenured professor of engineering management until 2006.

On assuming the presidency of CSUEB in 2006, Qayoumi identified his top priorities as enrollment growth, improved financial stability, increasing tenure track faculty and enhancing the university's physical appearance.

Under his leadership, the university adopted new long-term academic and strategic plans in 2008 with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and on modeling and teaching sustainability. In 2009, he announced the university's first comprehensive fundraising campaign to help underwrite this change in institutional emphasis while maintaining and increasing student access, particularly among under-served populations.

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