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Three presidential finalists to visit San Jose State U. campus this week

San Jose Mercury News
March 14, 2011
Three presidential finalists will visit San Jose State University campus this week, and the new president will likely be named later this week.

The finalists are:

Mohammad H. Qayoumi, president, Cal State East Bay
Previously, he was vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer at Cal State Northridge. Earlier in his career, he was associate vice president for administration at SJSU.

An electrical engineer and financial expert, Qayoumi grew up in a rural suburb of Kabul, Afghanistan, the eldest son of a carpenter. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from American University of Beirut, in Lebanon, then worked on projects in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, eventually coming to the United States -- where, like many CSU students, he worked full time while attending college at the University of Cincinnati. He once told an interviewer that, upon arriving in the Bay Area with its strong Afghan community, "I feel like I'm coming home."

He visits the campus on Monday.

Leroy M. Morishita, vice president and chief financial officer, San Francisco State
Morishita had been vice president and chief financial officer for San Francisco State. He also served as chairman of the CSU Risk Management Authority and various committees on budget, investments and other policy issues.

Raised on a grape and plum farm near Fresno, he was urged by his father to seek a life far from farming. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he went on to get a master's degree from San Francisco State in counseling and his doctorate in education from Harvard.

He coaches basketball and is an active member of the Berkeley Buddhist Sangha Temple, also serving as chairman of the board of trustees of the Institute of Buddhist Studies.

He visits the campus on Tuesday.

David Steele, dean, College of Business, SJSU
Steele joined SJSU in 2008 as dean of the College of Business. Previously, he was dean of the business college at New Jersey's Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also has 25 years of executive experience in the petroleum industry, rising through the ranks at Chevron to become president of Chevron Latin America.

Born in Venezuela of Hispanic heritage, Steele earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from Birmingham University in England, then completed graduate business training at UC Berkeley and at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He has resided in seven foreign countries and enjoys sailing, scuba diving and skiing.

He will visit the campus on Wednesday.
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