Mo Qayoumi Selected as Next President

  • May 17, 2006

Mo H. Qayoumi, a native of Afghanistan and currently the vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer at Cal State Northridge, has been appointed president of California State University, East Bay. He was named to the post by the California State University Board of Trustees during its meeting on May 17 in Long Beach.

Qayoumi, 54, will be the fourth president in the nearly 49-year history of Cal State East Bay. He will succeed Norma Rees, who has led the university for 16 years, by July 1.

"I am excited and honored to be named president of a university with such committed faculty, staff and students," said Qayoumi. "There is a tremendous opportunity to build enrollment at the Hayward and Concord campuses and to develop the Oakland Professional Development Center further.

"I look forward to working with the campus communities to forge an agenda for the coming year," Qayoumi added. "I especially want to work collaboratively on defining the East Bay experience and helping CSUEB become a crown jewel in the CSU system."

Qayoumi is the first person born in Afghanistan to become president of a major U.S. university, according to Awista Ayub of the public affairs office of the Afghanistan Embassy in Washington, D.C.

His executive skills impressed members of the search committee.

"Dr. Qayoumi's outstanding academic experience, administrative background and leadership qualities are reflective of the campus profile as a student-centered, inclusive and progressive institution," said Herbert Carter, CSU trustee and chair of the presidential search committee. "His energy and ideas, combined with his superior resource and organizational management skills, will be a tremendous asset as the campus continues on its path in the future."

California State University, East Bay, with an enrollment of about 13,000 students, operates two campuses-in Hayward and Concord-and a professional development and conference center in downtown Oakland. As a regional state university, CSUEB serves two counties (Alameda and Contra Costa), 33 cities, and a population of more than 2.5 million people. The university's original and largest campus, in Hayward, is located within proximity of the Silicon Valley, the high tech and biotech capital of the world.

Cal State East Bay is considered one of the most diverse for student population of the 23 campuses in the California State University system.

As a Cal State Northridge vice president since 2000, Qayoumi has had full responsibility for all university administrative and financial areas, including budget and accounting services, facilities planning, design and construction, human resources, equity and diversity, public safety, and intercollegiate athletics. In addition to those responsibilities, Qayoumi has been a tenured professor of engineering management at that university since 2001.

Prior to that, he was vice chancellor for administrative services and adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Rolla from 1995 to 2000. He also was associate vice president for administration and an adjunct professor at San Jose State University from 1986 to 1995.

When he came to the United States from Afghanistan in 1979, Qayoumi was first employed as staff engineer (1979-82) at the University of Cincinnati, where he also held positions as director of technical services (1982-83), director of utilities and engineering services and adjunct professor (1983-86). Prior to coming to the U.S., Qayoumi was employed as a communications engineer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 1975 to 1977 and as a project electrical engineer in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

It was during his employment at the University of Cincinnati that Qayoumi earned four advanced degrees, including three master's degrees, at that institution. Before earning a doctorate in philosophy through the university's electrical and computer engineering department in 1983, the new CSUEB president earned a master of science degree in nuclear engineering in 1979 and a master of science degree in electrical and computer engineering in 1980. He also earned an MBA degree in finance and accounting from Cincinnati in 1984.

Qayoumi received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the American University of Beirut in 1975.

He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified management accountant.

Mo Qayoumi has been married for 27 years to Najia Karim. They have no children.

More information about Mohammad Qayoumi is available online at

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