SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--Longtime San Diego State University executive Sally Roush will become interim president on July 1, making her the first woman to head the school, it was announced today.
Roush, appointed by California State University Chancellor Timothy White, is expected to hold the position for about one year, until a permanent replacement for Elliot Hirschman takes over.
Hirshman announced two months ago that he accepted a position as president of Stevenson College in Maryland, and would leave SDSU after six years at the helm.
The search for his replacement will be led by Adam Day, the vice chairman of the CSU Board of Trustees and son of former SDSU President Thomas Day. The board will make the final selection.
In a statement released by the CSU, White said Roush is the right person to lead the school in the interim.
"During a long and distinguished career of serving SDSU, including 19 years as a senior vice president, Sally always demonstrated passion and dedication for the university mission," White said. "She brings deep understanding of the academic excellence and administrative functions of the university, and I have full confidence in her ability to promote the standard of excellence SDSU has achieved under President Hirshman."
Roush held various positions at the school for 31 years before retiring in 2013 as senior vice president for business and financial affairs.
She later served as interim vice chancellor and chief financial officer for the CSU Office of the Chancellor, and has consulted for the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Sonoma State campuses.
"My time at SDSU was the highlight of my professional career," Roush said. "I am excited to re-engage with faculty, staff, students and all members of the campus community as we work together to serve the San Diego and Imperial Valley region."