We are pleased to announce the completion of our search for the President for Sonoma State University. Judy K. Sakaki was selected by the California State University Board of Trustees to fill this important position, and in taking up the role will also be the first Japanese-American woman president of a U.S. university.
Dr. Sakaki brings many years of experience in higher education. She currently serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of California, Office of the President. Previously, Sakaki served as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at UC Davis, and Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Fresno State University. She has dedicated her career to higher education and to developing, leading and implementing best practices in access, affordability, inclusion and diversity, and student success.
Sakaki is a double alumna of the CSU, having earned both a bachelor's degree in Human Development and master's degree in Educational Psychology from CSU Hayward – now CSU East Bay. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley.
Deborah Hodson led this search with Rebecca Isaacson.