San Diego State President Elliot Hirshman to end tenure at school

Posted at 7:58 AM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 22:35:02-05

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman announced Wednesday morning that he will be leaving the school to become president of Stevenson University in Maryland.

Hirshman, who has been SDSU's president since 2011, will officially leave the university on June 30.

In a press release sent by the school, Hirshman said:

"The last six years have been the most extraordinary period of my and Jeri's professional lives.

"The opportunity to work with the dedicated and talented students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters of San Diego State has inspired us, and it has been a privilege to contribute to the growth and development of this great university."

California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White said of Hirshman: "Elliot has made an incredible impact on San Diego State University. His focus on academic excellence and on life-changing educational opportunities for students from all backgrounds has contributed to SDSU's emergence as a top public research university … Elliot has an ability to articulate the university's vision and to bring in the entire community to become a part of its future. His legacy at SDSU will be felt for generations to come."

According to the school, CSU officials will conduct a national search for Hirshman's successor.