Stephen Weber, president of San Diego State University since 1996, announced Aug. 24 he’s retiring from the job effective July 5.
Weber, who will be 69 at the time he leaves, told SDSU’s faculty and staff three years ago he would retire in 2011, so the news wasn’t a stunner.
Many lauded Weber for his leadership and willingness to tackle tough issues affecting not only the university but the community at large.
“President Weber has been a true leader, bringing SDSU into a new era and increasing the prominence and reputation of the university,” said Kit Sickels, chair of The Campanile Foundation. “The university is stronger and more prepared for the future thanks to his good work.”
During his tenure, SDSU’s academic stature was raised while dozens of programs are now ranked among the nation’s best, according to a university report.
SDSU’s increased academic status is evident in the higher entrance qualifications it now requires. Incoming freshmen had an average GPA of 3.63 compared to a 3.18 GPA in 1998. Average SAT scores rose from 983 in 1998 to 1,085 in the fall of this year, the university said.
Weber also oversaw a physical transformation at SDSU, with more than $670 million spent on new facilities over the past 14 years.
“I am so proud of what the people of San Diego State have accomplished over the past 14 years and I look forward to achieving the goals we have set for this coming year,” Weber said.
⎯ Mike Allen