In 1857 the San Francisco Board of Education established Minns' Evening Normal School for current and prospective teachers
in the city. Named after its principal, George W. Minns, the institution was formally established as the first California
State Normal School by the State Legislature in 1862. A decade later, the Legislature voted to move the Normal School to San
José, and the school relocated to its new home on Washington Square prior to the fall term of 1872. After a fire destroyed
the Normal School building in 1880, the Legislature authorized $200,000 to construct a new building on the same site. Completed
in 1881, the building was commonly referred to as the Second State Normal School. After several names and curriculum changes,
Minns' Normal School is now San José State University, offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations,
and is recognized as one of the top public universities granting such degrees in the West. The Office of the President is
the highest administrative office for the campus, reporting to the California State University (CSU) Chancellor and Board
of Trustees, respectively. As such, the Office of the President records document the overall policies, practices, and procedures
of the daily operation of the campus, as well as the interaction with other CSU campuses and with the CSU administration.
Before his arrival to SJSU in 2011, Mohammad H. Qayoumi served as president of Cal State East Bay since 2006. He came to Cal
State East Bay from Cal State Northridge, where he served as vice president for administration and finance and chief financial
officer from 2000 until 2006, and was also a tenured professor of engineering management. Previously, Qayoumi served as associate
vice president for administration at San Jose; director of utilities and engineering services, director of technical services,
and staff engineer, University of Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, Qayoumi served as an engineer on a variety of projects in
the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
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