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About the President

Sally Roush

Roush head shot 2.3Sally Roush’s appointment as university president is the capstone to a higher-education career that includes more than three decades of service to San Diego State University.  She is passionate about SDSU and its continuing development as a top-50 public research university.

Roush, who is the first woman to serve as SDSU president, was the university’s senior vice president for Business and Financial Affairs for 19 years.  In that role, she was the university’s chief financial officer and oversaw the university budget, intercollegiate athletics, real estate development and capital planning, facilities, public safety, human resources and labor relations, legal affairs and information technology.


Guided Development of Strategic Plan 

Roush was a member of the President’s Cabinet – advising three SDSU presidents – and co-chaired the steering committee that guided the university community in developing its strategic plan “Building on Excellence.”  The plan’s initiatives to promote student success, enhance research and creative endeavors, and strengthen community and communication have led to record-high graduation rates, nationally recognized areas of research excellence, 350 annual arts events, and engaged alumni and friends who gave over $100 million last year to support the university.  As San Diego State president, Roush will lead the SDSU community in implementing the strategic plan in its final year – moving San Diego State forward as a major public research university.

After her retirement from SDSU in 2013, Roush served as interim vice chancellor and chief financial officer for The California State University system.

Roush’s term as San Diego State president began July 1, 2017.  She will serve as interim president until a new president is appointed by The California State University Board of Trustees and begins work – scheduled for summer 2018.  

Award-Winning Service 

A graduate of the University of Denver, Roush spent seven years at the University of Colorado at Denver before joining SDSU in 1982.  Roush’s service to San Diego State has earned her recognition and honors that include SDSU’s Monty Award, the CSU’s Wang Family Excellence Award for administrators, the Albert C. Yates Distinguished Service Award from the Mountain West Conference and the CFO of the Year Award from the San Diego Business Journal.

Roush is a past board member of the SDSU Research Foundation, Aztec Shops, the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the Western Association of College and University Business Officers.




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Mailing address:
Office of the President
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8000

Phone: 619-594-5201