“My own career path and success would have never been possible without California’s
public education system. As I join SDSU, my priority is to help foster a culture that
thrives at every level. I want us to work together to produce impressive global citizens,
compassionate leaders, and ethical innovators that benefit the San Diego Community
and the world at large.”
As SDSU’s first female and first Latina president, she doesn’t discount her own influence
on students. “We need to create representation that looks like our students,” she
says. “I hope my legacy provides a pathway for young women, Latinas and other administrators
of color who would like to be in leadership roles in higher education.
To effectively serve increasing demand for higher education and to support regional
economic growth, SDSU must identify opportunities for expansion. However, the campus
is landlocked within its 288 acres. The Mission Valley site is the only nearby piece
of land capable of addressing San Diego State University’s long-term expansion goals.