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Sally Roush Named CFO of the Year

The Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs was honored as Education CFO of the Year by San Diego Business Journal.
Sally Roush, VP of Financial and Business Affairs at San Diego State University.
Sally Roush, VP of Financial and Business Affairs at San Diego State University.
San Diego State University’s Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs, Sally Roush, was honored as the Education CFO of the Year by San Diego Business Journal. More than 500 people gathered at the San Diego Marriott in La Jolla for the March 14 ceremony.

The award recognizes chief financial officers who play key roles in the success of their businesses and who have a positive impact on their companies.

"Sally possesses a rare combination of intelligence, knowledge, level-headedness, compassion and humor,” said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman, who nominated Roush for the award.

“Her leadership has been critical to our efforts to enhance financial stability and strength during a challenging time.”

History of excellence

Roush began her career at SDSU in 1982 as the director of personnel services and has been the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs since 1994.

She has paved the way for advancement in many areas including academics, athletics, and university expansion projects.  Most recently, she co-chaired SDSU’s strategic planning process – laying the groundwork for SDSU to grow and thrive for years to come.

"It is an honor to be recognized with the CFO of the Year award, particularly because it provides the opportunity to highlight the excellence of San Diego State University’s students, faculty and staff," said Roush.

She has been honored numerous times for her work with SDSU.  In 2004, she was selected by the California State University Board of Trustees to receive the Wang Family Excellence Award for exemplary contributions and achievements. She also won the SDSU Alumni Association’s Monty Award for Distinguished University Service in 2010. 

Roush recently announced plans to retire from SDSU at the conclusion of a search for a new Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs.  That search is now underway.  But true to form: she won’t leave any unfinished business.

"As I move into retirement, I feel confident that the accumulated successes of the great team in Business and Financial Affairs will position the new Vice President for great accomplishments," she said.  

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