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VIDEO: Dr. Elliot Hirshman selected as next SDSU president

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The California State University board of trustees today announced its selection of Dr. Elliot Hirshman as the next president of San Diego State University (SDSU).

Hirshman, who will replace Dr. Stephen L. Weber, will be the eighth president in SDSU's 114-year history. Most of SDSU's previous presidents have served for relatively long periods of time, including Weber's predecessor, Thomas Day, who served from 1978-1996.

Weber will retire on July 5 after serving as president for 15-years. After departing San Diego, Weber and his wife Susan plan to move to Maine.

Hirshman will be coming from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he has served as provost and senior vice president since 2008.

While the board of trustees and a campus-based committee have been reviewing candidates since January, the final selection process was fairly quick. The three finalists, whose names were made public April 29, visited the campus last week to meet with faculty, staff, student and community groups.

"It is a tremendous honor to be chosen to serve as the next president of San Diego State," Hirshman told SDSU NewsCenter. "This university has unlimited potential and I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff and the community to continue building on its foundation of excellence."

More information about Hirshman's professional background is available HERE. Additional information about Hirshman's selection as president is available on SDSU's website.

SDSU NewsCenter with Dr. Elliot Hirshman