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#075--February 18, 2000; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Kroll
phone: 415/338-1665

San Francisco State names new head of
Computing Services and Telecommunications

University of Maryland veteran Jonathan Rood is tapped.

SAN FRANCISCO, February 18, 2000---A 30-year veteran of information technology at the University of Maryland will become associate vice president of Computing Services and Telecommunications at San Francisco State University beginning March 1. Jonathan Rood has been the University of Maryland's deputy chief information officer and chief operations officer since 1998. That is the latest in a series of increasingly responsible positions he has assumed since joining the staff there in 1970.

At San Francisco State, Rood will oversee the central administrative computing group, which includes centralized student, human resources, financial aid, and finance applications. He will also oversee Web development, Internet and e-mail systems, equipment repair, the telephone system, computer operations and the student, staff, and faculty help desks.

Rood will report to Don Scoble, vice president of Business and Finance, who noted, "Jon Rood was the unanimous choice of all segments of the campus community participating in this search. Technology is a major university priority, and Mr. Rood brings the depth of experience necessary to insure that we maintain our leadership position in the California State University system."

"Jonathan Rood's long experience in public higher education and his wide variety of accomplishments in information technology will make him a valuable addition to our University," said Phoebe Kwan, SFSU's interim senior director, Computing Services.

Rood has spent his entire professional career at the University of Maryland. In his Maryland position, he was responsible for 530 employees and oversaw a budget of $27 million a year. From 1993 to 1998, he was director of the Department of Communication and Business Services. In addition to his formal positions, he has been a project leader for technology assessment, an academic advisor with the College of Letters and Sciences, and an adjunct faculty member.

Rood said of his decision to accept the new position, "It was clear to me that SFSU has attributes that make it stand out. After I met the wonderful people there, saw its outstanding programs and activities, and reviewed plans and technology opportunities, the decision to move was easy."

San Francisco State University is a highly diverse campus of 27,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff. It is among the largest campuses of the nationally recognized California State University.


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