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SF State announces new provost Sue Rosser

Georgia Tech dean named to second highest position at San Francisco State


SAN FRANCISCO, April 10, 2009 -- San Francisco State University announced today the appointment of Sue V. Rosser, a scholar who has focused on attracting and retaining women in science, as its next provost. Rosser is currently dean of the Georgia Institute of Technology's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

"Dr. Rosser was the top choice of every group with whom she met formally during her campus visit, a judgment I heartily share," said Robert A. Corrigan, president of SF State. "Above all, she offers the personal qualities that make her the right choice for us. Pragmatic yet visionary, seasoned yet open to new ideas, she will provide strong, harmonious leadership at a time of exceptional challenge."

Rosser will replace John Gemello, who will retire at the end of the 2009 academic year.  

"I am deeply honored to be asked to join the SF State community, which is uniquely positioned to forward the state and local research agenda and teach the leaders of the next generation of Californians," said Rosser, who has served since 1999 as dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to take full advantage of SF State's remarkable strengths." Rosser received her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973.  

As provost, Rosser will assume the second ranking leadership position at SF State, responsible for all aspects of the curriculum and academic program. Her portfolio will include the eight academic colleges, which offer 115 bachelor's degrees, 95 master's degrees, a doctoral program in education and joint doctorates with the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco.

At Georgia Tech, where she is the institution's first female academic dean, Rosser holds the additional titles of professor of history, technology and society; professor of public policy; and adjunct professor of biology, reflecting a broad range of academic interests and achievements. She holds an endowed chair, the Ivan Allen Dean's Chair of Liberal Arts and Technology. Prior to Georgia Tech, she led women's studies programs at the University of Florida, the nine-campus University of South Carolina system and Mary Baldwin College.

A prolific writer and editor, Rosser currently serves on the editorial boards of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Journal; Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering; and the journal Transformations. She has edited collections and written approximately 120 journal articles on the theoretical and applied problems of science and technology, as well as on women's health, and is the author of 11 books.

Rosser will take office on August 15, 2009 and receive an annual salary of $258,000.

San Francisco State University is the only master’s-level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls more than 30,000 students each year and graduates about 7,000 annually. With nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies -- the University’s more than 140,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.




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