|2015 - present||Robert S. Nelsen|
|2003 - 2015||Alexander Gonzalez|
|1984 - 2003||Donald R. Gerth|
|1983 - 1984||Austin J. Gerber *|
|1978 - 1983||Lloyd Johns|
|1972 - 1978||James G. Bond|
|1970 - 1972||Bernard L. Hyink|
|1969 - 1970||Otto Butz *|
|1966 - 1969||Robert Johns|
|1965 - 1966||Stephen L. Walker *|
|1965||F. Blair Mayne *|
|1947 - 1965||Guy A. West|
* Acting president
Sacramento State had rather humble beginnings, starting out in 1947 in rented quarters at a local junior college. Within six years, the fledgling Sacramento State had settled at its permanent site alongside the American River, not far from California's Capitol.
Since then, Sacramento State has grown into one of the nation's top regional universities, led for the past 12 years by President Alexander Gonzalez, who retired at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. He leaves his successor, Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, and the University poised for continued success and an ever-growing presence in the Sacramento region.
Sacramento State is positioned for a bright future with the approval of its Campus Master Plan, which details the physical improvements to be made over the next 20 years; and the Strategic Plan, which shapes the University’s mission, vision, values, and strategic direction through 2020.