Alexander Gonzalez

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Alexander Gonzalez
Born 1946 (age 66)
Residence Sacramento, CA
Alma mater Stanford University
Pomona College
Harvard Law School
University of California, Santa Cruz
Occupation university president, former president of CSU San Marcos, former provost of Fresno State, psychologist, retired United States Air Force member
Salary $440,405 in 2010[1]
Title President of California State University, Sacramento

Alexander Gonzalez (born 1946) is the 11th president of California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State), where he began in 2003.

He previously served as president of California State University, San Marcos from 1997–2003 and as provost at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) from 1991-1997.


Gonzalez received his bachelor’s degree in history from Pomona College, where he graduated with honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His doctorate and master’s degree in psychology are from UC Santa Cruz where his mentor was Elliot Aronson. After graduate school, 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 and served in the United States Air Force.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In October 2012, President Gonzalez was awarded the Ohtli Award by the Mexican Government, the highest cultural honor for those of Mexican descent.[2]

In 2009, Gonzalez was recognized as Businessman of the Year by the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, he was named Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce Community Honoree.[3]

In 2007, he was inducted into East Los Angeles' Garfield High School's Hall of Fame [3]

His service in the United States Air Force allowed him to utilize the G.I. Bill to earn his undergraduate degree in history at Pomona College.


In 2007, 464 out of 600 faculty members at Cal State, or 77%, approved a "no-confidence referendum" against Gonzalez amid the University's $6.5 million deficit at the time, and what was considered declining academics. Faculty wanted a new president. Gonzalez's responded to the vote, "in the 28 years I have been apart of the California State University...I have yet to encounter the level of incivility, mean-spiritedness and outright distortion that I have found among some members of the Sacramento State community. It embarrasses and saddens me."[4][5]


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