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J. Luke Wood, Ph.D, to Lead Sacramento State

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A New Leader

Alumnus J. Luke Wood, Ph.D., will be Sacramento State’s next president

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CSU trustees on May 24 announced J. Luke Wood, Ph.D., as their choice to be Sacramento State's next president. Wood, a Sac State alum, is scheduled to officially assume his responsibilities on July 16, becoming the University's ninth president. Read more about Dr. Wood

Search Process

A detailed procedure was followed to determine Sacramento State presidential candidates. Information below was an essential part of the process that is bringing J. Luke Wood to the University.

Search Resources

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Presidential Search Open Forum

The interim chancellor and the Trustees Committee for the Selection of the President hosted a hybrid open forum on Friday, February 3, 2023 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom. The forum provided members of the campus and surrounding community an opportunity to participate in person or virtually via live stream and share their thoughts about the qualities and experiences needed by the next president of Sacramento State.

Search Committee Members

Representative Name Advisory Role
Jolene Koester Interim Chancellor
Wenda Fong Chair, Board of Trustees
Diego Arambula Trustee and Chair, Search Committee
Maria Linares Trustee 
Jack McGrory Trustee
Lateefah Simon Trustee
Erika Beck CSU Northridge, CSU President Representative
Lisa Cardoza Vice President for University Advancement, Administration Representative
Adam Rechs Chair, Faculty Senate
Ann Moylan Faculty Representative
Shawna Malvini Redden Faculty Representative
Michael Hendren Staff Representative
Azriel Nicdao Student Representative
Salma Pacheco Student Representative
Colette Harris-Mathews Alumni Representative
Holly Tiche Foundation Board Representative
Paul Lau Community Representative
Alice Perez Community Representative