Board of Directors


President Emeritus, San Jose State University


As a former president of San José State University, Don W. Kassing headed the oldest and one of the largest universities in the 23-campus California State University system. Appointed in 2004, Kassing moved the university forward in numerous key areas. Under his leadership, the campus engaged in university-wide strategic planning, increased enrollments and efforts to increase student success, received high commendations from its accrediting agency, stabilized athletics funding, and greatly increased private giving to the university.

Before his appointment to the presidency, Kassing had served for more than a decade as vice president for administration and finance and as chief financial officer. As CFO, he had responsibility for all business and financial affairs of the university. His previous 18 years in higher education included service as vice president for university relations and administrative services at Murray State University, in Kentucky, and vice president for development and public affairs at Western State College of Colorado. He also served for two years as president of the Granite City Campus of the Belleville Area College, Belleville, Illinois. Before that, he worked for 11 years in private industry, including eight years in corporate finance and operations management for Brown Group, Inc., and three years with General Motors Corporation.