'Rees Named One of Bay Area's Top Business Women'

  • May 19, 2005

The San Francisco Business Times recognized Cal State East Bay President Norma S. Rees as one of the top 130 business women in the Bay Area Thursday.

Rees was honored at a reception and dinner at the San Francisco Hilton. All the women who were honored were presented with a plaque that read, "2005 Most Influential Women In Business."

"Well, it's not the first time; actually, it's the third time I'll be honored at this event, which is a wonderful event," Rees said.

The San Francisco Business Times news team, industry leaders
and high-ranking women with Bay Area corporations, offered nominations and selected the winners.

This list of 130 of the most influential women in business in the Bay Area was comprised of 100 women in for-profit companies, 15 heads of large nonprofit organizations, and 15 from government and public agencies.

Rees was honored under the nonprofit organizations section that included health care and educational facilities.

Steve Symanovich, editor for the San Francisco Business Times, said that overall influence and accomplishments are considered in the judging process, but they are not the sole focus of the judges.

"(Norma) Rees is being honored for her influence in education and her influence on the community," said Symanovich. "The award weighs the size of the organization she leads, the success she achieves and community involvement."

Rees has been president of CSUEB since 1990. She recently spearheaded the school's name change from Cal State Hayward to Cal State East Bay and also recently helped the school
begin construction on three new buildings.

"This recognition makes me feel good, but the point is it gets us out there as a university," Rees said. "That means that the San Francisco Business Times is identifying the president of Cal State East Bay as one of the top 130 most influential women in business in the Bay Area. That's good for all of us."

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