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Senior Vice President for SDSU Mission Valley Announces Retirement

Tom McCarron will retire from SDSU at the end of the calendar year after a nearly three decade career with the California State University system, including nearly eight years at SDSU.
By SDSU News Team

After a near 30-year career with the California State University system, Senior Vice President for SDSU Mission Valley Development Tom McCarron will retire from San Diego State University. McCarron announced his retirement for the end of this year. 

Since being appointed Senior Vice President for SDSU Mission Valley Development, McCarron and his team have worked extensively in negotiating the purchase and sale agreement with the City of San Diego. He has also held oversight for the preparations for construction of SDSU Mission Valley and Aztec Stadium. 

“Tom has long been instrumental in advancing the mission of San Diego State University and the development of SDSU Mission Valley,” said SDSU President Adela de la Torre. “His experience and knowledge of the CSU System has proven invaluable. What Tom helped us to achieve here was unprecedented for the CSU, and for San Diego; the challenges we faced were new each day. I am so grateful for his expertise, and offer him a heartfelt congratulations on his well deserved retirement.” 

McCarron arrived at SDSU in 2013 as Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs and Chief Financial Officer with oversight of Administration, Real Estate, Business Operations, Financial Operations, Athletics, Aztec Shops, and the SDSU Research Foundation. 

As Chief Financial Officer, he also chaired the President’s Budget Advisory Committee. McCarron has also served as a member of the Chancellor’s Mission Valley Oversight and Advisory Committee, which was critical to receiving unanimous support of the project at the CSU Board of Trustees.

Prior to SDSU, McCarron worked at CSU Northridge for 14 years as Vice President of Administration and Finance (six years) and Executive Director of the University Corporation (eight years). He also served on various committees, is past president of the Auxiliary Organizations Association (AOA) and a past chair of the CSU Chief Administrators and Business Officers (CABO). Tom is also a graduate of the FBI Citizens’ Academy. 

“It has been my honor and blessing to have had the opportunity to serve in these two roles during my years at SDSU,” McCarron said. “I had the great fortune to work with many incredibly talented and dedicated individuals without whom so many advancements, including SDSU Mission Valley, would not have been possible. Words cannot adequately express my deep gratitude to each and every one of them as my wife, Virginia, and I prepare to transition to this next phase of our lives.”

Following McCarron’s retirement at the end of this calendar year, AVP for Mission Valley Gina Jacobs will continue to advance the operational and planning efforts for Mission Valley development, and will be reporting to the president.