Mohammad Qayoumi

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Qayoumi at the San Francisco Public Library in 2008.

Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi (born December 14, 1952)[1][2] is an engineer and professor who was appointed president of San Jose State University on March 23, 2011.[3] Prior to that, he served as the fourth president of California State University, East Bay. He has worked in university administration for more than 30 years and has a background in both engineering and business. Qayoumi was born in Afghanistan and is the first person of Afghan descent to head a major U.S. university.[4]

In June 2010, Qayoumi contributed a photo essay to Foreign Policy magazine about Afghanistan in the 1960s, which led to an interview on the NPR program Morning Edition (aired June 18, 2010).

Personal and education background[edit]

Born near Kabul, Afghanistan, Qayoumi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from American University of Beirut in 1975. He holds four degrees from the University of Cincinnati: a Master of Science in nuclear engineering (1979), a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering (1980), an MBA (1984), and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering (1983).

He was a tenured professor of engineering management at California State University, Northridge.

Career[edit]

Afghanistan Furniture display room, originally published in a photobook about Afghanistan produced by the country's planning ministry; republished in Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan... Record stores, Mad Men furniture, and pencil skirts -- when Kabul had rock 'n' roll, not rockets by Mohammad Qayoumi.[5]

Engineer[edit]

Before coming to the United States, Qayoumi worked as an engineer in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. From 1979 to 1986, he held positions at the University of Cincinnati including staff engineer, director of technical services, and director of utilities and engineering services. In 1986, he took a position as associate vice president for Administration at San Jose State University. He served as vice chancellor for administrative services at University of Missouri-Rolla from 1995 to 2000. He then moved to California State University, Northridge, where he served as vice president for Administration and Finance and chief financial officer, as well as a tenured professor of engineering management until 2006. In 2004, Qayoumi's professional engineer registration expired.[6]

President of Cal State East Bay[edit]

Upon taking office at CSUEB in 2006, Qayoumi identified his top priorities as enrollment growth; improved financial stability and transparency; increasing tenure track faculty; and enhancing facilities and campus physical maintenance.[7] He has overseen development of a new physical master plan for CSUEB’s Hayward campus.

Under his leadership, the university adopted new long-range academic and strategic plans in 2008 with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and on modeling and teaching sustainability. In 2009, he announced the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign[8] to help underwrite this change in institutional emphasis while maintaining and increasing student access, particularly among underserved populations.[9]

President of San Jose State University[edit]

President Qayoumi was selected in March 2011 as the new president of San Jose State.[10] Qayoumi's tenure has been marked by controversy for low faculty morale resulting from alleged lack of effective governance,[11] explorations in alternate online education formats,[12] and for a racially motivated crime in the dormitory.[13]

Selected professional memberships and affiliations[edit]

  • Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • California State University/University of California Energy Advisory Board, 2000–present
  • Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Bay Area Council Board of Directors, 2006–present
  • Contra Costa Business Council Board of Directors
  • East Bay Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors, 2006–present
  • WASC Review Team Leader, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2007–present
  • Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner and senior examiner, 2000–03
  • Senior advisor to the Minister of Finance of Afghanistan, 2002–05
  • Central Bank of Afghanistan, member of the board of directors, 2004–07

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