William L. "Willie" McDonald

CSUEB grad and San Jose Fire Chief William L. "Willie" McDonald

CSUEB grad Willie McDonald starts new role as San Jose fire chief

  • August 2, 2010 5:00am

San Jose residents can rest easy knowing that Cal State East Bay alumnus William L. "Willie" McDonald has been selected as their new fire chief.  He earned his master's in business administration from Cal State East Bay.

McDonald, who was previously fire chief in San Mateo, Foster City, Fremont and Scottsdale, Ariz., will start his new role today, August 2.

City Manager Deb Figone said in a statement, "Willie has the experience, knowledge and leadership skills to build a strong relationship with our firefighters while managing the challenging problems that face a large metropolitan fire department during really fiscally challenging times.”

Read the San Jose Mercury News article, “San Jose hires new fire chief from Arizona who has Bay Area ties.


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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