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Spring 2003 l Capital University Journal
New President
Alexander Gonzalez


Photo of Alexander GonzalezOn March 13, the California State University Board of Trustees named Alexander Gonzalez as Sac State’s 11th president.

Gonzalez, currently the president of CSU San Marcos, will succeed Sac State President Donald R. Gerth, who is leaving the presidency this summer after 19 years at the campus.

Upon his appointment Gonzalez said, “It is a distinct honor to be selected to lead such a significant campus—significant because of its size and accomplishments, but also because of its location at the seat of state government. I look forward to building on the great foundation provided by President Gerth.”

Gonzalez, 57, is the second president of the San Marcos campus. He has held the post since 1998, after serving a year as the university’s interim president.

At San Marcos Gonzalez oversaw a period of rapid growth, leading the charge for several new campus buildings including a visual and performing arts center. He also launched a fundraising campaign to build a state-of-the-art library, a student residence hall and athletic facilities.

He has been active in the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee, the San Diego Economic Development Corporation and the North County Economic Development Corporation. San Diego Magazine named him one of “50 to Watch in 2000” calling him a “no nonsense educator” and a “hard-charging” administrator.

Gonzalez served for six years as a commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the agency that accredits higher education institutions in the Western United States. His service to the CSU system includes serving on a work group that reviewed and recommended action on remedial education, and, more recently, as a member of a committee of presidents considering policy on enrollment management.

Prior to his position at San Marcos, he spent 18 years at CSU Fresno, beginning as an assistant professor in the psychology department, which he later chaired. From 1991 to 1997 he served as the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. His accomplishments there included a review and update of the university’s general education requirements and the implementation of an appraisal process to review each academic program and degree offered by the campus.

Gonzalez holds a doctorate and master’s degree in psychology from UC Santa Cruz. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Pomona College where he graduated with honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He spent a year at Stanford University as a postdoctoral fellow of the Ford Foundation and the National Research Council conducting research on the psychology of time. He also attended Harvard Law School.

Gonzalez has been married to his wife Gloria for more than 30 years. They are the parents of two adult sons—Alex and Michael.


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