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San Francisco State University's College of Business appoints NorthPoint Communications executive to advisory board

SAN FRANCISCO, CA., August 12, 1999--Elizabeth A. Fetter, president and chief operating officer of San Francisco-based NorthPoint Communications, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of San Francisco State University's College of Business. NorthPoint is one of the nation's fastest-growing communications companies and a leading provider of high-speed Internet access using digital subscriber line (DSL) technology.

Fetter joins a number of prominent Bay Area business leaders on the advisory board who provide guidance and direction to help S.F. State's College of Business design a curriculum that prepares students for ever-changing business practices and meets the needs of the business community.

Fetter brings a depth of telecommunications and technology experience to the advisory board. Prior to joining NorthPoint, Fetter served as vice president and general manager at US West, heading the $4.7 billion Consumer Services Group representing 8,000 employees across a 14-state territory. Prior to joining U S West, Fetter spent seven years as an active member of the San Francisco business community in a number of senior management positions at Pacific Bell.

"The Internet is quickly changing the way companies do business and it's important that tomorrow's leaders gain a practical understanding of the communications revolution taking place because of this powerful new medium," said Fetter. "I look forward to working with the S.F. State College of Business, its faculty and other advisory board members to help equip its students with the skills that will best prepare them for the Internet age of communications."

The advisory board of the College of Business at S.F. State helps the university keep pace with a rapidly changing business environment by advising the school on emerging trends, development of leadership skills, curriculum design and business outreach to the region. The board also helps the College of Business forge essential links with the Bay Area business community.

"We are delighted by Ms. Fetter's appointment to the board," said Ray Maghroori, dean of the College of Business at S.F. State. "We feel she will be an outstanding board member. In particular, we are looking forward to her expertise as we review the information technology content of our various programs."

The College of Business at S.F. State, one of the largest accredited business programs in the country, offers undergraduate degrees in business administration and hospitality management with a number of different concentrations ranging from finance to logistics management. The college also offers several graduate programs, including a master's degree in business administration.

Throughout 1999 the university is celebrating its centennial year of service to San Francisco, the Bay Area, California, and beyond. A highly diverse community of 27,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff, San Francisco State is one of the largest campuses in the nationally recognized 23-campus California State University system.


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