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April 26, 2011 > Special Life Events: Interim president appointed

Special Life Events: Interim president appointed

Submitted by Claudia Keith
Photo courtesy of Office of California State University

Leroy M. Morishita, executive vice president and chief financial officer, administration and finance at San Francisco State, was recently named by CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed as interim president of California State University, East Bay. Dr. Morishita has served in a variety of senior leadership positions at SFSU during his 29 year tenure at the campus.

"I am honored to have been selected to assume the leadership of East Bay, and look forward to working closely with faculty, staff and students as we move forward," said Morishita. "I have a great appreciation for the opportunities East Bay has to offer and I am excited about the possibilities for its future."

Morishita has served in his current position at SFSU since 2009, and during the prior seven years was the vice president and chief financial officer for the campus. Morishita has also been a leader in fiscal and budget planning for SFSU and the CSU system office, chairing the CSU Risk Management Authority and serving on a number of system-wide and state committees on budget, investment, human resources and other policy issues.

"We are confident that Leroy will transition seamlessly into the position as president, and know that East Bay will have an experienced and proven leader with a familiarity of the campus and the CSU system," said Reed.

Raised on a grape and plum farm near Fresno, following his public school education Morishita went on to attend the University of California at Berkeley where he received his bachelor's degree in psychology, a master's degree from SFSU in counseling, and a doctorate of education from Harvard in administration, planning and social policy.

Morishita's appointment becomes effective July 1 when current California State University East Bay President Mohammad Qayoumi begins as president of San Jose State University.

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