Volume 58, Number 3 August 30, 2010
"Robert Nava brings a broad portfolio of success in higher education to SF State," President Corrigan said. "Not only does Mr. Nava boast a record of high achievement, but his 24-year career in higher education reflects his commitment to social justice and equity -- values that are central to SF State."
In his five years at UTEP, Nava led the development and alumni units and directed the University's Centennial Campaign, which raised almost half of its $200 million goal before its public launch. "I was attracted to the mission of San Francisco State," said Nava. "The University's national reputation and commitment to social justice, access for residents of the region and its excellence brought me to this campus."
Nava has an intimate knowledge of higher education in California, having worked for 19 years at the University of California, Riverside, most recently as interim vice chancellor for University Advancement and president of the UC Riverside Foundation. He also served as the University's lobbyist in Sacramento and Washington D.C. During much of his UC Riverside career, Nava also taught as an adjunct faculty member in CSU Fullerton's Chicano Studies program.
Nava holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UTEP, a law degree from Western State University College of Law and was a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a credential attained by demonstrating success in fundraising and supporting professional standards in philanthropy.
He takes over for Lee Blitch, who will retire after serving five years as vice president for University Advancement.
Three faculty members honored at opening faculty meeting
The Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Service was awarded to Gail Weinstein, professor of English, for her creative integration of classroom learning with community service, which has improved the lives of immigrant communities and provided students with valuable teaching experience.
The award for Excellence in Professional Achievement was awarded to Professor of Biology Edward Connor, whose contributions to science have been recognized by his election as a Fellow of both the California Academy of Sciences and the Royal Entomological Society.
Professor of Health Education John Elia received the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award. Elia consistently receives exceptional teaching evaluations from students and has received 12 letters of commendation for "Excellent Teaching" from the Academic Advising Center during his more than 20 years at the University.
For more information, visit www.sfsu.edu/~news/2010/fall/1.html
Jules Tygiel Memorial Forum on Post-9/11 World Affairs
The forum will conclude with a question and answer session and reception. The event is sponsored by the faculty for Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS) and the Department of Jewish Studies.
The first Senate Meeting for Fall 2010 is Sept. 7 at 2 p.m., Seven Hills Conference Center, Nob Hill Room.
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